Pet Sematary ★★★½

Like a lot of remakes, there's nothing really wrong with it, but it doesn't feel very necessary. Pet Sematary is a strong story with a mythic character, something that deserves to be told over and over again and doesn't diminish in the retelling. Bringing the Wendigo in from the novel was a nice touch, though I wish they'd expanded on it beyond some growls in the woods. Nobody has yet captured on film the cosmic horror that King managed to convey in the novel, but that's fine.

This adaptation really comes alive when it diverges from both the novel and Lambert's film, e.g. the fakeout with Gage the toddler and the entire last 15 minutes. I couldn't help but be a bit disappointed when it felt like it was finding its feet and then ended. Seems like these directors know what they're doing when they let their own instincts off the leash. Let these guys direct an original story and let's get another Starry Eyes!

Cf. Poltergeist (2015)

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