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Pet Sematary



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Directed by: Mary Lambert
Written by: Stephen King
Cast: Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist
Studio: Paramount
Genre: Horror
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Plot: Dead is Better

Review:

Pet Sematary is one of the more successful adaptations of Stephen King novels. The premise is simple and has enough creepy atmosphere to carry it to a feature length film. While it's not scary, it does have some creepy moments and good atmosphere.

Good: The premise is very simple yet effective. Anyone can sympathize with the parents here and the story behind the cemetery is interesting without giving away too much. The atmosphere is appropriately creepy with the fall setting giving it major moody points and I liked the design of the cemetery. Dale Midkiff and Denise Crosby are good as the parents by providing likability. Miko Hughes as Gage is adorable and does better for a kid his age. Fred Gwynne is great as Jud helping to cement the mythology behind the powers of the cemetery. The messages regarding death and our acceptance of it helps drives the film without feeling too overbearing. The violence is not too over the top here with it being appropriately cringe inducing.

Bad: As solid as the story is, it is rather flimsy. It only revolves around this cemetery and things escalate quickly by the halfway point. I would say perhaps some more time was needed to build up to the eventual conclusion to avoid the turns feeling too sudden. The movie also lacks scares relying on some cheap jump scares and not taking full advantage of the creepy atmosphere it sets.

Overall, as far as Stephen King adaptations go, this one belongs in the top tier. It doesn't go off too wild becoming cheesy nor is it dull. I would have liked to see more build towards the climax, but as it is it remains a solid horror movie.

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Moviefreak2010
Moviefreak2010 at 07:27 PM Jul 25

great movie need to rewatch it



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