Pet Sematary (2019)

Pet Sematary (2019)

(2019)

Sometimes dead is better.

Jason Clarke and John Lithgow star in this remake of the '80s supernatural horror classic, based on the novel by Stephen King.... More

After Louis Creed (Clarke) moves his family out to the country, he discovers that they are now have a couple of unexpected things in their back yard. The pet cemetary isn't the worst of it, further into the woods is a remote hilltop. As Creed will find out, anything buried there will soon be resurrected in demonic form.Hide

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A simple horror movie that knows its role and doesn't try to be all clever, Pet Sematary comfortably delivers the goods with intense jump-scares, ghastly gore and loads of awesome creepiness. The heavy themes about grief and our fear of death may be difficult to take seriously given the silly supernatural stuff, but the tone strikes a marvellous balance that helps make this resurrection of a classic bloody well worth it.... More

A lot of the credit goes to the core cast of Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow, each of whom are fantastic, along with newcomer Jeté Laurence who is absolutely firing on all cylinders. Oh and then there's that creepy goddamn cat, which is just as great as the promotional material promised it'd be. The performances really do elevate everything else and keep the tone right, so it doesn't all devolve into a schlocky mess even as sh-t gets crazy and the bodies start to pile up.

Fans of the original film will enjoy a nostalgic familiarity as the remake hits the same major narrative beats, but they'll enjoy the ways many have been nicely subverted even more. Then there's the ending, which is very different, surprisingly twisted and vastly improved. Indeed, this is one of those rare remakes that's better than the original—even if that wasn't going to be too difficult, given the many crappy elements of the 1989 film, and especially given the talented cast of the 2019 one. But that recipe doesn't always work—just watch the 2013 remake of Carrie if you want to understand what a forgettable flop this Pet Sematary could've been.

It doesn't bring anything new to the genre, but it doesn't need to. It's a brilliant example of functional horror filmmaking and a glorious affirmation of what a contemporary Stephen King adaptation should be like.Hide


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BY Barny superstar

I went into the theatre real excited: One of my favourite Stephen King books after all. Stylistically perfect in parts - the journey at night to Little God Swamp was visually awesome. I didn't like much else. I prefer the 1989 adaption.


BY sarahj nobody

Pet Sematary was such a good movie! It was the perfect jump scare, humorous thriller movie. I loved the execution of it and how it always kept you guessing and wondering what would happen next. Although I can't really remember the original movie and never read the book its definitely a movie anybody could watch. Honestly loved this movie and would recommend it to anybody that loves movies with evil cats too.


BY RealityCheck superstar

It's a great remake, new, qwerty and peppered with dark humour. I loved it and was visually tied to my seat throughout, thanks to the wonderful acting of that guy we know in Third Rock from the Sun, and a hunting little girl who reminds me of the twin in the Shinning, the Exorcist or maybe The Ring... Totally worth a watch :-)


I for one was relieved when the third act descended into madness. The tension was almost unbearable in parts, so when it got silly I was grateful and enjoyed the ride.


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The Press Reviews

  • Pet Sematary isn't striving to be an easy communal crowdpleaser. Just like the source material, it's a movie with a real thoughtful mean streak that'll chill you to the bone, and ensure you remain on edge well after it concludes. Full Review

  • A solid if not earthshaking horror pic built around notably good performances. Full Review

  • [A] brutally effective and convulsively disturbing story... Full Review

  • Plenty efficient for those simply looking to be scared... Full Review

  • ...introduces some surprises but ultimately feels like a series of effective scenes in search of an overarching theme. Full Review

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