Pet Sematary (1989)


“My father used to have a saying, Jud. God sees the truth… But waits. ” – Louis Creed

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After a doctor and his family move to a small town, their neighbor warns them about a tale of a mysterious local cemetery for pets.

My Take on it – As a non-fan of films in the horror genre, I try and stay as far away from films like this.

I do have a soft spot for Stephen King adaptations and that’s the main reason that I chose to watch this film.

The story is actually planned out quite well by King and that helps make the film more enjoyable.

Loved seeing Fred Gwynne in this movie especially in a role that is a bit diverse from the kinds that we are use to seeing him in.

The pacing of the story is also done well despite the fact that certain aspects of the story seem extremely predictable as things move along.

This is among the novels by King that I have not yet read but I’m quite sure that the book does a better job explaining things much better than n screen.

Some of the explanations feel a bit too rushed here and come across as feeling abbreviated which hurts things a bit.

The film has a great overall message that is one that leaves the viewer with much to think about long after the credits roll.

The theme song by the Ramones is great and so much fun to listen to.

Listen to it here:

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that works well due to the way that King plans the story out. Loved seeing Gwynne in this film because it is not a typical kind of role for him. The story moves along at a nice pace even though parts become a bit too predictable along the way. The novel this is based on probably does a much better job explaining things and here the descriptions are a bit too rushed and succinct than needed.  The overall message is a good one and allows for much to ponder even after the credits roll.  Great theme song. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The role of Zelda, Rachel’s terminally ill sister, was played by a man. Director Mary Lambert wanted Zelda and her scenes to frighten the audience but did not believe that a 13-year old girl was scary so she cast Andrew Hubatsek in the role to make something be “off about Zelda.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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