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Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary marks the first time Stephen King has adapted his own book for the screen, and the result is undead schlock dulled by a slasher-film mentality - squandering its chilling and fertile source material.

With:
Dale Midkiff Fred Gwynne Denise Crosby Brad Greenquist Michael Lombard

Pet Sematary marks the first time Stephen King has adapted his own book for the screen, and the result is undead schlock dulled by a slasher-film mentality – squandering its chilling and fertile source material.

The story hinges on a small family that comes to New England, moving into a vintage Americana house alongside a truck route. When Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) finds his daughter’s cat dead along the road, his elderly neighbor Jud (Fred Gwynne) takes him to a hidden Indian burial ground that brings the beast back to life.

The quiet madness that gradually leads Louis to try and bring a person back via the same process – despite the repeated warnings of a friendly ghost – isn’t apparent in Mary Lambert’s hastily assembled narrative.

King appears in a cameo as a minister presiding over a funeral. He also introduces some wan, recurrent humor in the form of the reappearing and grisly ghost (Brad Greenquist).

Pet Sematary

Production: Paramount. Director Mary Lambert; Producer Richard P. Rubinstein; Screenplay Stephen King; Camera Peter Stein; Editor Michael Hill, Daniel Hanley; Music Elliot Goldenthal; Art Director Michael Z. Hanan

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: Dale Midkiff Fred Gwynne Denise Crosby Brad Greenquist Michael Lombard

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