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Pet Sematary (1989)

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After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.

Director:

Mary Lambert

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), Stephen King (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dale Midkiff ... Louis Creed
Fred Gwynne ... Jud Crandall
Denise Crosby ... Rachel Creed
Brad Greenquist ... Victor Pascow
Michael Lombard Michael Lombard ... Irwin Goldman
Miko Hughes ... Gage Creed
Blaze Berdahl ... Ellie Creed
Susan Blommaert ... Missy Dandridge
Mara Clark Mara Clark ... Marcy Charlton
Kavi Raz ... Steve Masterton
Mary Louise Wilson ... Dory Goldman
Andrew Hubatsek ... Zelda
Liz Davies ... Girl at Infirmary
Kara Dalke Kara Dalke ... Candystriper
Matthew August Ferrell Matthew August Ferrell ... Jud as a Child
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Storyline

With dreams of a better life, the young doctor, Louis Creed, and his family--his wife, Rachel, their daughter, Ellie, and their three-year-old toddler, Gage--move to their new home in the small rural town of Ludlow, Maine, alarmingly close to a busy highway. However, when Rachel's cherished tomcat is inadvertently killed in an awful accident, a desperate Louis will reluctantly take his friendly neighbour's advice to bury it in an ancient Micmac graveyard--a mystical burial ground imbued with reanimating powers. Despite the terrible results and the insistent warnings from a recently deceased, tragedy-stricken Louis is forced to go back to the Indian cemetery, hoping that, this time, things will be different. But, can the dead return from the grave? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Pet Isn't Just For Life. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pet Cemetery See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucksport, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,046,179, 21 April 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$57,469,179
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Church is found dead alongside the highway, a fake cat was used. See more »

Goofs

(at around 49 mins) Gage ran out in front of a tanker truck that was displaying a "Dangerous" placard. On a tanker the placard would be the type product being hauled (i.e. "Flammable", "Corrosive" etc). The "Dangerous placard is reserved for mixed hazardous materials. You don't mix on a tanker. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Broken Hearted Child 1: [the voices of broken hearted children burying their pets at the Pet Sematary, voice-over] Bye, old Shep. See you in heaven. Yeah?
Broken Hearted Child 2: [voice over] This is where my kitty lays. No more he screams and hollers.
Broken Hearted Child 3: [voice-over] He lived for 5 and 20 days. He cost me $50.
Young Jud: [voice-over] Spot - A good fella. We love you.
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Alternate Versions

Television censors of some of the films gorier moments included alternate shots from different angles that hide the more graphic images. This especially came into play with the Timmy Baterman scenes and the films finale in the Creed's kitchen. See more »

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Courtesy of Sire Records Company
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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"Stephen King's very scary horror story about a different cemetery is more scarier than I expected."
28 October 2018 | by ccockrell-11643See all my reviews

Imagine you are moving to a new house in the middle of nowhere, but you have one neighbor. This neighbor can explain a supernatural risk that someone can take if they bury someone in the Pet Sematary. A strange and dangerous event can then take place just around the corner. This is what Stephen King's novel Pet Sematary is mostly about with cats being a big issue here. Directed by Mary Lambert, this 1989 adaptation of the 1983 novel is scarier than you think.

This specific Stephen King story involves around Dr. Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) who moves into a new house with his family. He has a wife named Rachel Creed (Denise Crosby), a daughter named Ellie Creed (Blaze Berdahl) and a son named Gage Creed (Miko Hughes). When they move, they learn about a new cemetery that is right around the corner. Their only neighbor named Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne) explains to them about the cemetery, but there is more to the cemetery than it seems. When the family's cat dies and Gage dies horribly, they are both buried in Pet Sematary. However, they come back to life in bad way.

Pet Sematary is very scary, but the story is written in a complex tone by Stephen King himself. He is known as the "king of horror" considering horror stories in his books. This story is well known to be written by him, but I was considering a less scarier movie from him. Pet Sematary is very scary considering its plot and characters. I'm also not a fan of scary movies, but I can still watch them. However, I look for the story of every movie and not the content. Considering the plot, I thought this movie was okay. It has a moving and complex story, but it is disturbing. I give credit to Mary Lambert for her direction to King's adaptation and to the cast for their performances. The R-rating to this movie is understandable.

Pet Sematary has a good story to it, but it is disturbing. On that note, it's not my favorite. It's still an okay movie though. I give Pet Sematary a 7/10 for its good plot, performances, and direction. However, it just wasn't my favorite. It was pretty disturbing and very scary while having a stressful and depressing tone to it. I recommend it to scary movie lovers though.


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