a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
Sometimes dead is better.
Dr. Louis Creed's family moves into the country house of their dreams and discover a pet cemetery at the back of their property. The cursed burial ground deep in the woods brings the dead back to life -- with "minor" problems. At first, only the family's cat makes the return trip, but an accident forces a heartbroken father to contemplate the unthinkable.
Though never recognized as one of the best cinematic adaptations of Stephen King material, Mary Lambert's "Pet Sematary" has a lot to offer horror fans. A chilling, sometimes surreal nightmare of wish fulfillment and domestic tragedy, King's own screenplay and Lambert's direction combine for a worthy, high quality piece of horror. Effective atmosphere, well-placed gore, and rivulets of palpable terror set the stage for a film that is engaging, frightening, and memorable.
The story of a young family whose tragedy leads it down dark paths, "Pet Sematary" is a modern-day retelling of "The Monkey's Paw" dressed in a note of studio-horror polish and a touch of late-1980s hokiness. The narrative moves from the domestic to the supernatural with ease, culminating…
I have seen this movie more times than I can keep track, tonight we decided to show my brother-in-law Pet Sematary because he had never seen it before. It was tonight, while watching it that I realized just how bad this movie is.
Often times nostalgia gives you these good feelings and clouds your judgement when it comes to seeing a movie for what it really is, unfortunately, nostalgia isn't helping Pet Sematary any longer. This movie isn't that terrible but the acting surely is horrible. It was really scary the first few times I watched this in the early 1990s but I was also pretty young then.
The way Ellie cries is like nails on a chalkboard for me. It never bothered me much before but now it's just horrendous. Everyone in the film is just really terrible.
What a bummer.
Fuck you Trey Parker for making me consistently laugh everytime I watch this film now. This is still in my top 5 favorite horror films.
Now, I want to play with you...
I'm sorry, I'm a grown man and that little kid still freaks me the fuck out. Yes, the scenes where little Cage is clearly a stiff mannequin fighting with his father Louis are evident more today then ever before because of glorious high definition... but god damn look at what he did to Fred Gwynne! He was beloved Herman Munster for God's sake!
The bad parts of the film for me have transcended into camp and I am blind to anything critical. I did note this time around that the scene that seems to bother me most is seeing that big red 18 wheeler, as if it's this unstoppable indestructibly force of…
i was really into this + the book as a teen, and was pleasantly surprised to find it still made me want to barf but, like, in a good way all this time later. i don't know if it's the creepy images or the horror of grief or that goddamn indian burial ground on top of the end of the world that does it, but this story just kills me. yeah, this could have used some more style or better acting, and i can understand pretty much all the criticism, but i think we can also agree that fred gwynne and the ghost dude and the semetary itself are good as hell - right?
this fucking movie. that little kid looks way too much like my own daughter did at that age.
"Sometimes dead is better."
The odd dodgy bit aside, genuinely fairly unsettling and morbid.
Having never been a fan of Stephen King’s writing (his rambling never really meshes well with his material unless he has the epic factor going on), it’s quite surprising to me that many of his film adaptations are actually quite good. He's a strong storyteller with a messy prose. In some cases, though, there have been moments where his stuff is adapted to reach a level of greatness on film - especially throughout the last 70s and up to the late-80s. "Pet Sematary" may have a stupid title and, yes, may have moments of dated cheese - but the movie still works a dramatic punch. The story scares the crap out of the viewer with depravity that treads a dangerous line of old-fashioned morality. That it works so well, and feels tragic by the end, is easily the biggest surprise when it comes to a film like this. Has no right to be as good as it is.
Director Mary Lambert's take on one of Stephen King's most unsettling stories hits most of the right notes, but is let down by a niggling sense of silliness. King adapted his novel to the screen, wherein a doctor is forced to confront an escalating series of gruesome incidents around a busy Maine road, a pet sematary, and 'another' graveyard just beyond it.
Pet Sematary is one of King's most effective, straight-up horror stories, with its embedded themes of death and loss, and consistently dark tone. Lambert and King's adaptation keeps the plot points, and makes the most of its Maine location setting for atmosphere.
However, many of the most emotional moments are undercut by over-the-top decisions; cue lead Louis Creed…
Sometimes... the book is better.
The story here is really incredible, and I remember really enjoying the book when I initially read it - very disturbing in a genuine, believable way.
In my opinion the adaptation falls short, and hasn't aged well. It tells the story itself pretty faithfully but it's missing the heart of the story. The real horror in the story is of a psychological nature rather than a it's 'gonna get me' variety. While the story certainly has some scary, violent 'it's gonna get me' moments in it the film emphasizes them, without paying nearly enough attention to the emotion turmoil that made the source material so engaging and, ultimately, interesting.
That said, I do actually like this movie. It's a fun…
Somehow manages to be one of the most genuinely upsetting and hilarious horror films ever made, all at once. Zelda can fucking do one though.
It's insane that something this bleak/crazy came out in 1989.
Re-watched (1989) "Pet Sematary". Saw this at the cinema when it came out. Had mixed feelings. I thought it was creepy and had some strong things about it but the story itself wasn't very good. That was 26 years ago. I was shocked that I feel the same way. Kudos to the little boy who played Gage. So creepy! Denise Crosby's sister wasn't as bone chilling this time around. The dead guy reminded me a lot of "American Werewolf In London". Sometimes...Dead is...ah... always better.
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