“The soil of a mans heart is stonier”

This is one of those rare movies that creeps me out just as much now, as I sit here re-watching it for this review, as it did years ago when I first viewed it. All those years ago when I thought it’d be a great idea to wait until late at night, turn off the lights and give this film its first watch. This is also one of those rare films that I think was adapted really well from the book, which as a fan of Stephen Kings work, I rarely get to say. If you haven’t watched this movie or read the story I’ll try to keep it spoiler free…

“Each buries his own”

It’s the story of the Creed family and the bad things that happen after they move into the house across the road from Herman Munster. You know things aren’t going to end well for them when they haven’t moved in yet and already the tire swing breaks and the youngest tries to wander into the road. From there their friendly neighbor Jud offers to take them on a hike down the creepy path that ends in rainbows and cupcakes, no thats a different film, this path ends in buried pets and heartaches. Turns out the road the separates Jud and the Creeds house is responsible for the Pet Sematary at the end of the path. The family cat ends up dead and Jud thinks its a great idea to show Louis aka Big Daddy Creed, an old indian burial ground where the dead will return from. Great idea Jud, considering every time its been tried before it didn’t end well but maybe this time will be different. It’s not…
“Sometimes, dead is better”

Two actors really stand out in this film, the first being Fred Gwynne, better know as Herman Munster. Gwynne brings a lot of emotion to a character that could have easily been played as the “old fart” across the road but Gwynne delivers a performance that makes you care about ole Jud. The other performance is delivered by Miko Hughes as Gage Creed, the youngest of the Creed clan and (content removed due to not wanting spoil ANYTHING for those that know nothing about this book or film.) that still creeps me right the hell out.

“Now I want to play with you”

Pet Sematary is one of those great horror films that stands up to multiple viewings. The special effects are exactly what you’d expect from an eighties film and With the King himself adapting the screenplay it stays close to the source material and really brings the scares without a lot of gore. There are some gotcha moments that will get your adrenaline pumping. It easily makes it into my top twenty horror films and thats why I give Pet Sematary a rating of: Don’t Watch Before Bedtime.




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