Pet Sematary (1989) Reviewed

C'mon, guys! Parenting 101: Don't let toddlers fly kites in the path of 18-wheelers.

C'mon, guys! Parenting 101: Don't let toddlers fly kites in the path of 18-wheelers.

 PET SEMATARY (1989)
“Sometimes dead is better” – or so says Fred “Herman Munster” Gwynn about 600 times in Pet Sematary, the movie based on the Stephen King novel. A young couple moves to a farmhouse in New England where their youngest child is promptly run down by a semi! When daddy finds that the dead family cat, Church, has been resurrected after being buried in the title location (actually a “soured” Indian burial ground) he gets the grand idea of doing the same thing with his kid. Gwynn is the sweet old man that befriends the family and Star Trek: The Next Generation alum, Denise Crosby, is the mom haunted by a dark family secret. There are some inspired moments- particularly the deformed attic-dwelling sister and the rotting ghost of a man who tries to help the doomed family. But when its not being too grisly to enjoy it’s being too ridiculous to take seriously. The sight of a knife-wielding toddler doesn’t quite make the impact that’s intended. Gwynn is great as usual but he’s misused and killed without dignity befitting a Munster. Director, Mary Lambert, had only directed music videos before this. Pet Sematery II followed starring Edward Furlong.
**

~ by Number5ive on July 20, 2009.

One Response to “Pet Sematary (1989) Reviewed”

  1. I liked the scene where the zombie toddler calls up his father on the phone. That kind of creeped me out, but yeah. Where Stephen King books have a certain thing going on, it’s a rare film adaptation that actually makes it work. Now you’ll have to review “Christine.”

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