WHAT'S IT ABOUT

Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

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  1. Anthony Sherratt March 28, 2019

    For anyone even vaguely aware of the first movie or the book then the first half of this remake is rather bland. It takes too long to spell things out and you only emotionally connect with one character and when it's that character that dies, you could be forgiven for thinking this movie too is destined for the graveyard. However, the malicious glee that ensues leaves you unexpectedly cheering for the evil forces. Whether the directors (Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer) did this on purpose or it's a delightful accident, the second half of this movie is truly enjoyable. It's creepy rather than scary and while there are a few jump moments, there are also a few laughs that balance them out. Surprisingly entertaining, the remake is worth seeing for some dark laughs and - for the second time this year - a cat who threatens to steal the movie.

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