Pet Sematary (1989)



You know… All this hassle could have been avoided with a fence

Behind a young family’s home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life and death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.

Adapted from the novel of the same name from horror maestro Stephen King, Mary Lambert’s 1989 film adaptation is a ghastly tale of supernatural rebirth that hammers in on tragic themes but can’t escape from being a little on the silly side.

King unfortunately doesn’t seem to have a tonne of success with his novel to film adaptations. Of all the attempts only a handful stand out as tremendous successes; Carrie, The Shining, Misery. Regrettably, Pet Sematary fails to make the list of honours.

There is terror here no doubt about it and the dark themes of death and grief bring a tragic atmosphere of despair, but Lambert fails to build an enticing pace and plays heavily in the corny realm of comedy at times. Kudos to her though, she would take another stab at the sequel in 1992.

4.5 / 10

“Sometimes dead is better”

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