Pet Sematary II (1992)


“Life’s full of lessons Drew Buddy, no ones above them. Not you, Not me. Now get in!” – Gus Gilbert

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Theater in Feb ’93 and 14 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After his mother is killed by a freak accident, a boy and his father move to a small town to get away from it all.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw once when it came out in theater and was part of one of only two triple headers for me in the theater in my lifetime. (More impressively, all three films were seen in different theaters a few blocks from one another.)

In Feb ’93, I watched Sneakers (1992), White Sands (1992) and this film back to back to back in the theater.

(My other triple header was in 2001 when I saw Bandits (2001), Hearts in Atlantis (2001) and The Shipping News (2001) in the same fashion.)

I actually didn’t recall much about this film, so even though I saw it once nearly 3 decades ago, it was as if I was watching it for the very first time.

This is a horrendous film and as a sequel fails to work at all.

Edward Furlong has never been considered among the most talented actors in history and this film is further proof of that.

He doesn’t present the character very well which makes it even more difficult to care about what he says or does along the way.

The film’s special effects are overdone and that also hurt things because it’s harder to take things more seriously.

The supporting cats is also problematic.

Clancy Brown is always fun to watch and this film is no different despite the fact that he takes his character much too far in certain aspects of things.

Anthony Edwards is completely wasted here and that has much to do with the fact that he isn’t give enough to do.

This is by far a completely useless and unnecessary sequel that probably should never have been made.

Bottom Line – Terrible sequel that doesn’t work at all. Furlong isn’t the most talented actor and its really hard to care about anything his character says or does due to the way he is presented.  The effects are overly done and that takes away from the feeling here that this is a story that should be taken seriously.  Brown is fun to watch here despite taking things a bit too far with his character. Edwards is wasted in his role here largely because his character is utilized enough.  Overall tho, this is a completely useless and unnecessary sequel.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jason McGuire, who played Drew Gilbert, was very shy and timid to be starring in a motion picture since he only had done elementary school plays and never had any other acting experience. But when he met fourteen-year-old Edward Furlong, who plays Jeff Matthews and starred in Terminator 2, Edward immediately became his best friend and mentor. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

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2 thoughts on “Pet Sematary II (1992)

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