Pet Sematary
Genre: Horror
Director: Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer
Cast: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow

Stephen King’s frightful novel has already been effectively adapted for the screen, but that’s not stopping Hollywood. Back in 1989, filmmaker Mary Lambert delivered a theatrical version of “Pet Sematary,” which went on to become a hit, and unfortunately spawned a sequel shot in my home town.

I remember seeing the first film in college and being gripped by the story of a family who turn to a supernatural pet graveyard to, at first, revive the family cat killed on the busy highway in front of their home. Of course, when tragedy strikes again, they seek the demonic assistance of the cemetery with gruesome results.

This new version features a great cast including “Upstream Color’s” Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow stepping into the role of the neighbor that was previously played by Fred Gwynne.

Mark my words with this one, you’ll definitely hear the iconic warning: “Sometimes, dead is better.”


Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

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