Theatrical Release: April 5, 2019
Run Time: 1 hour & 41 minutes
Reviewed By: Adam & Scott
“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.”
A few days before this screening, I (Adam) watched Pet Sematary (1989) and Pet Sematary II (1992) so I was very refreshed on the background of this franchise. In the age of remakes, this one paid it’s due. It was a nice ode to the original. In fact, for a while it was almost scene for scene the original, but there were definitely a few curveballs and PLENTY of Easter eggs. Our two favorites where the nod to It and the Churchill/Lithgow gem! There was also a Cujo reference and from what we read, there’s even more Easter eggs in the movie that we didn’t notice. Guess we’ll just have to watch again! I’m sure Scott will be buying it since Horror is his, hands down, favorite genre. If you’re a fan of Stephen King and if you’re a fan of the original Pet Sematary, you’ll definitely have to see this movie. It was a very intense hour and 40 minutes. We both agreed, we probably would’ve rated it higher, but the guy behind us was chewing gum incredibly loud and it altered our entire train of thought (LOL). You could tell when there was a scene that made him nervous because the chewing would get louder and more rapid. Anyway, I digress. The movie was good, despite the gum chewing and the typical “don’t go in there” moments. Even the remake to The Ramones – Pet Sematary song was enjoyable. However, our biggest beef was with the lack of character development. It felt a little forced how Jud (Lithgow) just became best friends with the Creed’s. In the original there was more build up.
We both can’t wait ’til the other Easter eggs are found because we’re really curious as to what they were. What could we have missed!? Until then though, I (Adam) really just hope my cat (Avocado) and my dog (Peanut Butter) don’t wander upon any ancient burial grounds…