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.
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.
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.
This movie was one of my favorite horror movies growing up, and I still really enjoy it. It's not a perfect film, but it still holds up in my book. The casting is spotty, I like Lieutenant Tasha Yar and Herman Munster, but I'm not a fan of the Dad and little girl. It's still creepy as shit, and there's a lot of arm hair raising moment. I also enjoyed the practical effects, the blood and gore scenes were well done. It's one of those films where you'll question a lot of things, like why would Herman Munster take the dad to the graveyard knowing what happens after the dead come back, and why wouldn't these people just throw up a speed limit sign, but I guess then we wouldn't have a movie now would we.
The last time I saw this, I was 4 years old curled up on the couch with my dad and brothers. I couldn't remember anything about it other than how cute Gage is (at the beginning). Now, having seen it, I've gained insight into why I'm so obsessed with horror movies. This will desensitize any kid.
Herman Munster and Nick Berry/Shogun Rua fuck about with a dead cat while Princess Diana gets out-acted by a three year old kid.
I walked downstairs when I was about ten and caught a bit of this as my parents were watching it, the bit with the skinny woman on the bed, and it freaked me out. So much so that I've not watched the film until now, a quarter of a decade later. Shouldn't have bothered really....
I told my mate I was watching this and him being very helpful he kindly texted me about a key scene towards the ends of the movie. FFS.
Also had a good chuckle about Stephen King, with him still whining about not…
Watch out for that road! Zelda still creeps me out. One of my favorite horror films.
Le idee di Stephen King sono senza fine. Anche qui ci troviamo di fronte ad un B-Movie (per colori, volti e ambienti) cult.
Absolutely awful, often entertainingly so. The combination of awkward dialog and poor acting gives birth to quotable classics.
Note: that child actress is so fucking annoying.
Yeah, I know, is a shame! This is the first time I watch this movie, I guess it's too bad since I am an 80's horror movie fan or at least that's what I think I am... but screw it, I just thought "Since I watched Maximum Overdrive yesterday, why not watch Pet Sematary today?", and well, that's what I did. Usually horror movies don't scare me but Rachel's sick sister really creep me out! I don't know why but I cried watching this, I suppose it was because I was a little sleepy but who knows? I just need to say that this movie is really good and I really don't know why I haven't watched this before. I recommend it if you're a Stephen King fan but you should also check it out if you're not, I think the movie is pretty good anyway. Is this a zombie movie? I think I'll add it to my list "zombies".
Pet Sematary is a strange one because on the one hand it has a very made-for-TV feel about it - like a lot of Stephen King adaptations do - and the acting is, on the whole, crap.
But when the film gets it right - the scenes with the disabled sister, for instance - it really hits the spot and brings out the terror in King's story. Fred Gwynne provides the only decent performance in the film and his likeable on-screen persona is really what keeps you engaged until the creepy stuff starts but once it does there are some genuine chills to be had, as long as you can put up with the blandness of the cast.
Stephen King doesn't have the faintest clue what makes a good movie. He wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of his novel, and it's dull and predictable. Anybody who knows "The Monkey's Paw" (which is essentially everybody), knows where this one is going long before it gets there. You just have to trudge through it. The cast is uniformly awful. Fred Gwynne sports one of the worst accents I have ever heard. Dale Midkoff is wooden and dull. Rather than feel any sympathy for him, you can't help but focus on what consistently idiotic decisions his character makes. I have never been fond of the dimwitted song the Ramones wrote for this movie and it's made even worse by the fact that it's awkward inclusion over the end credits stomps all over the mood of the last scene. About the best that I can say is that this is far from the worst Stephen King adaptation out there.
3 out of 5 (B-)
Aside from the performances of Fred Gwynne and the cat, this movie is fucking terrible. Further proof that Stephen King should be allowed to write film scripts.
That there rawd? Sometimes dead is better.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.