Day 280 – Pet Sematary

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Movie Title: Pet Sematary

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 43 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Pet Sematary has a pretty good cast that relies on a great concept. Louis and Rachel Creed (Dale Midkiff and Denise Crosby) have just moved to a gorgeous house in the backwoods of Maine.  They have a friendly neighbor by the name of Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne) who wants to show the Creed’s around town. He also makes it very clear that the road in front of their home is extremely dangerous. It is on a frequented trucking route where the truckers drive recklessly. Jud also shows them the local pet cemetery that lies down a path from their home. Many of the trucker’s victims rest in piece down that road. Slightly farther down the line there is another cemetery that is darker and possesses an unimaginable power.

When the family cat is killed, Louis and Jud decide to bury it in this place to spare Louis’s daughter Ellie (Blaze Berdahl) from learning about death. Louis is amazed by the power of the place, but he is warned by Jud and other supernatural forces that the place is evil and that he should stay away. He does until a tragic accident befalls his young son. Louis uses the power of the location, but at what cost?

It is overall an enjoyable movie, but it has some rather significant flaws. Lead actor Dale Midkiff has no ability to emote. It is painful to watch. It is also rather surprising King liked this movie because in many ways it is eerily reminiscent of the Kubrick movie The Shining which King detested. There is a child that is clairvoyant. There is an adult male role model that makes exceptionally poor decisions and comes under the influence of evil. There is a meek yet caring female figure that has to try and save the day. There is a neighbor that gets themselves in over their head and pays the price for it. Sound familiar?

This is also the rare movie where you have to stay for the credits while The Ramones’ Pet Sematary runs in the background.

Verdict:

Pet Sematary has some weak performances and lacks quite a bit of originality, but it is a fun movie to watch despite those flaws. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell (1988)

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