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776 Ratings

Pet Sematary

Directed by Mary Lambert
United States, 1989
Drama, Fantasy, Horror


The Creeds have just moved to a new house in the countryside. Their house is perfect, except for the mysterious cemetary in the woods behind the house.

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Pet Sematary Directed by Mary Lambert

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  • msmichel's rating of the film Pet Sematary

    '..sometimes dead is better...' Effective adaptation of the Stephen King novel holds up pretty well with serviceable direction by Mary Lambert and some memorable horror sequences. The main strike against the film is the lead turn by Dale Midkiff who is just awful throughout. Fairing better is Denise Crosby and the child actors. A good example of 80's style pop horror.

  • Eleni Ashton's rating of the film Pet Sematary

    "Sometimes, dead is better". My favourite of the crappy Stephen King adaptations. Very funny and Fred Gwynne has so many great lines.

  • Nick Schwab's rating of the film Pet Sematary

    Lambert's direction is static and in-distinctive. The script (oddly by King himself) doesn't always lineup its comedy, horror, and dramatic tones, feeling like the desired emotion is contradictory to the one that's actually acquired. Gwynne is the only main cast member who leaves an impression. The fearpieces semi-work due to concept (Zelda/Gage's slashing) but the remake hopefully will make them work on all counts.

  • Daniel Roque's rating of the film Pet Sematary

    For a predictable kitsch horror, it can really make you shudder sometimes. Full of so many creepy and silly characters, the one that bored me to death is the little girl Ellie - gurl, nobody cares about you, stop trying to get attention with those premonitions that already have happened.

  • _cmb's rating of the film Pet Sematary

    This feels like a disney channel halloween movie for adults. I liked exploring the themes of death (and particularly fear & acceptance thereof), especially in the social context of family, but it just fell waay short for me. However, if you don't take it seriously at all, it can be a pretty fun watch, so 2.5 (also for the Zelda scenes which I thought were pretty great).

  • Z's rating of the film Pet Sematary

    Mary Lambert's direction of this film is serviceable and workmanlike. The performances range from adequate to outright terrible. At times this almost feels like a television movie. However, the primal terror and creeping dread of King's seminal work still claws it's way to the surface. At it's best the film manages to convey some of the cold, shivery fear of the novel. The Zelda sequences are pure nightmare fuel.

  • SlavicaSkoric's rating of the film Pet Sematary

    contradictory and unconvincing at best. few good scenes, stephen king cameo and three stars for that eighties atmosphere which makes it possible to both be amused and sick at the same time.

  • Luka's rating of the film Pet Sematary

    Feels cheesy from the beginning, the characters are contradicting at best and fucking stupid at worse. However saying that, it's one of the only horrors so far which has actually made my heart stop (the sister with spinal meningitis). I hope the book isn't has ridiculous as the film, but seeing as King was involved with the script I feel sceptical.

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