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Sometimes, dead is better. Stephen King’s chilling novel of second chances is adapted anew. Louis and Amy Creed (Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz) move their family to rural Maine. As the couple and their two young children settle in, they meet neighbor Jud Crandall (John Lithgow) and discover a mysterious burial ground for pets not far from their home.
Beyond that strange location, however, is another plot of land — and anything buried in this hallowed ground returns to a mangled semblance of life. When tragedy strikes, Louis Creed can’t resist the temptation to use that power to assuage his grief. His decision unleashes an evil which may consume the entire family.
- Jason Clarke
- Amy Seimetz
- John Lithgow
- Jeté Laurence
- Hugo Lavoie
- Lucas Lavoie
- Obssa Ahmed
- Alyssa Brooke Levine
- Maria Herrera
- Frank Schorpion
Did You Know?
- Referring to the original adaptation Pet Sematary (1989), Stephen King has stated that of all his novels, this is the only one that genuinely scared him.
- During Louis's first trip to the burial ground, some lightning is seen near the horizon. Thunder follows about a second later. The lightning appears miles distant, and the thunder would have taken much longer to reach Louis's location.
- [from trailer]
- Louis Creed: GAGE!
Atom User Reviews
The best part of the movie was seeing a highway sign that read “DERRY 20”.
Just throw the whole movie in the TRASH 🚮🚮
I’m a pretty easy scare, but I sat through this Pet Sematary mostly unbothered. Which is certainly not the takeaway one should have from an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, let alone the one that King has said frightens him more than anything else he’s written. In this new film, you almost can’t see what he was so afraid of.
As with all Stephen King stories, there are resonant universal themes running through Pet Sematary; guilt, grief and trauma fuel this tale of a family who move to the countryside and become embroiled with an ancient evil. Yet these are buried deep under a mudslide of horror cliches — jump scares, creepy kids, expositional newspaper headlines — that reduce this to just another run-of-the-mill horror remake.
The book's creepy premise justifies this modern second look, which proves to be a solid if not earthshaking horror pic built around notably good performances.