(NOTE: Although this is a non-spoiler review, potential and trailer-related minor spoilers are included)
Just when you thought we were sick of reboots, re-dos, remakes, and a gazillion meaningless and rewind sequels, here comes Pet Sematary.
We hear the war cry on social all the time when a new version of a film is announced: “Why can’t Hollywood come up with something original?” — I endorse that sentiment. Most of the time.
But when a fresh take on the classic Stephen King’s Pet Sematary comes to light once again on the big screen, it gets my (and all other horror fans’) attention.
Time to Review
The movie completely delivers the thrills and chills you’d expect from a King-based film. Like the critics consensus on Rotten Tomatoes simply states: “Sometimes remade is better.” (At the time of publishing, comfortably sitting at 80% with 60 critics, while the original 1989 cult classic peaked at 50% )
Likely, if you’re reading this, you probably have seen the original film and/or read the book. I won’t waste your time going over the synopsis again (you can read below) but it’s basically the same as the original film, including some welcome new twists and turns, especially…
…swapping Gage from the OG and replacing the main antagonist with his sister, Ellie. (Right?!)
Kudos on the new take. It gave an older child, again, brought back from the dead by the mysterious “People Sematary” more dialogue and also able to wield mental and verbal torture equal to the physical jabs she painfully delivers to others.
The entire cast was excellent. This is namely seen between the interactions of Jason Clarke (Louis) and John Lithgow (Jed). Both pros brought their A-game to this new horror classic.
If the original Pet Sematary was dead from our consciousness, then the tagline “Sometimes Dead Is Better” doesn’t apply here!
The film is loaded with creepy atmospheric shots, eerie sound effects, and music emblematic of something this horrifying. Can’t forget a few jump scares that will get your blood pumping and just enough thrills to keep the horror fans well fed!
Nothing will prepare you for this ending. It will definitely make you GASP!
…and yes, the damn cat is back…
Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbor Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.
Directors: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
Writers: Stephen King (novel), Matt Greenberg (screen story by), Jeff Buhle (screenplay)
Stars: Jason Clarke (Louis), Amy Seimetz (Rachel), John Lithgow (Jed), Jeté Laurenc (Ellie), Hugo & Lucas Lavoie (Gage)