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Pet Sematary (2019)

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Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Clarke ... Louis
Amy Seimetz ... Rachel
John Lithgow ... Jud
Jeté Laurence ... Ellie
Hugo Lavoie Hugo Lavoie ... Gage
Lucas Lavoie Lucas Lavoie ... Gage
Obssa Ahmed ... Victor Pascow
Alyssa Brooke Levine ... Zelda (as Alyssa Levine)
Maria Herrera ... Marcella
Frank Schorpion ... Rachel's Father
Linda E. Smith Linda E. Smith ... Rachel's Mother
Sonia Maria Chirila ... Young Rachel
Naomi Frenette ... Upset Student (as Naomi Jean)
Suzi Stingl ... Norma
Kelly Lee ... Nurse Kelly


Louis Creed, his wife Rachel, and their two children, Gage and Ellie, move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie 'Pet Sematary' located nearby. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is definitely not as it seems, as it proves to the Creeds that sometimes, dead is better.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence, bloody images, and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pet Sematary See more »

Filming Locations:

Montreal, Quebec, Canada See more »


Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,502,775, 7 April 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,122,051, 24 April 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,322,944, 24 April 2019
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X)


Color | Color (Deluxe)| Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


In both endings, Louis Creed is served with the terrible consequences of his desperation to keep his family together at all costs, says Kölsch: "It was a different sequence of events that was also dark that was arriving at the same, or somewhat similar conclusion of the arc. It was just about finding the one we thought worked better to serve the theme." "We call it wrapping it up in a black ribbon," said Widmyer. "It is wrapped up, but not how you think it's going to be." "There are so many movies, even horror movies, that end in happy endings [where] somebody beats the bad guy," said Widmyer. "Films like 'Hereditary' or 'Rosemary's Baby' have these dark endings -- 'Rosemary's Baby' is a good example because it's a dark ending, but she's kind of happy that she has her kid. You get to leave the theater not exactly sure how you feel, which is always more interesting to me. Whenever you're able to do that, it's a victory for the genre." See more »


When the tanker truck swerved to avoid Gage the trailer becomes detached from the tractor which leads to the tragic death. However, in real life this would not have happened, and the whole truck unit would have simply crashed into the ditch. See more »


Louis Creed: [as they arrive at their new home] Here we go. Ok, so what do you think?
Ellie: Wow! This place is ours?
Louis Creed: I even got them to throw in a whole forest as a new backyard.
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Alternate Versions

Paramount Pictures Australia submitted a 98 minute version of Pet Sematary which gained an MA15+ rating. Presumably this version was pre-cut in an attempt to gain a lower M rating. As with Overlord, Paramount Pictures Australia decided to release the uncut version instead which also gained an MA15+ rating. See more »


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Thank Goodness for This MUCH Better Pet Sematary
8 April 2019 | by kcrisenphoenixSee all my reviews

OMG! Brilliant! Very scary. Better by far than the 1989*horribly* acted original version. While tht first film had a decent script, hey-it was by Stephen King-for some reason it fell apart, especially due to terrible, really terrible, acting. Denise Crosby was of course bad, and so was Dale Midkiff, who I've seen turn out perfectly acceptable performances. So I don't know why he was so bad. Even Fred Gwynne was bad, his Maine accent atrocious.

The acting is much better as well. I mean really really better. And also none of the actors are attractive. What I mean by that, is that none of them are gorgeous sex symbols. They're ordinary. Xxx, in her review of this movie in "Entertainment Weekly" said, "The thing that has always made King such a heavyweight storyteller isn't the fiendishly-orchestrated scares which he serves up like a ghoulish symphony conductor (although those certainly help). Rather it's how he creates a rich sense of place and three-dimensional characters who we care about and whom we can see ourselves in. When bad things happen to them (and they will), we're invested because they're our surrogates."

Well that is what happens when this new crew of film makers chose the actors they did. Normal people, just like us. When everything gets scary? Then it's really scary! Loved it!

This new film is amazing!

The first part of the movie was nearly identical to the original, which is good because that makes it close to the source material.

But then suddenly the movie takes a shocking deviation from the book and the original film. I usually HATE that! Why go off in way different directions if you're adapting a book? It makes no sense. I really really hated the movie ending to King's "The Mist."

But this time? For some reason I loved loved loved the 90 degree turn and it amped up the scare quota a hundred fold. For the very first time ever, l preferred the movie version of a Stephen King book! Whoa! Even though it deviated from the source material by a good bit. Loved it. Will buy it! Wow!

I don't want to spoil the film so I will just say this. Go see this movie! You will be glad you did! I like it enough that I will buy it when it comes out and watch it for years to come.

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