Pet Sematary (1989) Movie Review

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1989 | Horror, Thriller, Drama
103 minutes /

User Score: 63/100

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Pet Sematary Review


Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.

Pet Sematary (1989) is an American drama horror movie that is an adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel, Pet Sematary and is also sometimes referred to as Stephen King’s Pet Sematary (1989). Director Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary II (1992), Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005), Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001)) did an okay job executing Stephen King’s novel. The movie contains a lot of violence from a small child and great suspense that will make you sit on the edge of your seat. I saw this movie a few times and enjoyed it every time I saw it. It is an old movie and might not be entertaining for horror fans today.

Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff - Time Trax (1993), Love Comes Softly (2003), Love Potion No. 9 (1992)) and his wife Rachel moved to Ludlow, Maine with their kids. Rachel (Denise Crosby - Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Deep Impact (1998), 48 Hrs. (1982)) and her family were introduced to the pet cemetery behind their home by their neighbor Jud Crandall. Louis worked at the University of Maine and was told by a dying patient Victor to stay away from the cemetery behind his home. Victor (Brad Greenquist - Water for Elephants (2011), The Lone Ranger (2013), Ali (2001)) died and appeared in Louis’ dreams showing the bad things the cemetery will do. Strange things start happening to the family after Louis decides to bury Ellie’s (Blaze Berdahl - Ghostwriter (1992), We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993), Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of Orpheo’s Curse (1994)) cat, Church in the cemetery with Jud by his side. The cat came back to life, and the movie becomes a suspense thriller with unpredictable moments. After a few events, Louis’ son, Gage (Miko Hughes - Apollo 13 (1995), Mercury Rising (1998), New Nightmare (1994)) was hit by a truck and died instantly. Distraught Louis did the unthinkable although he was warned not to and exhumed his son’s body and reburied him in the forbidden cemetery. Gage has returned and is now on a killing spree.

I did notice some mishaps in this movie: the flowers color were different when Louis was kneeling by Gage’s grave, and the flowers were not in the same position/spot. There are several scenes where the actors clothing was inconsistent. The tire on the swing has a rim and then does not in another scene. There are more goofs/inconsistencies in the movie, but it is minor and does not change the film. The actors all did a fantastic job with their parts, and the cinematography was nicely done. The director could have executed this movie to be more memorable and have a lasting impression on viewers. I do however love that the director stuck to the book and did not stray away as many other movies tend to do. The make-up job was amazing as well as the plot and music. I think all horror fans should see this movie at least once in their lifetime - toddler coming back to life with a knife in one hand…

About Pet Sematary 1989

Title: Pet Sematary
Original Title:

Pet Cemetery, Stephen King's Pet Sematary

Year: 1989
Runtime: 103 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.15/5 stars from 191 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 191
Starring: Stephen King, Dale Midkiff, Susan Blommaert, Richard Collier, Miko Hughes, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist, Michael Lombard, Andrew Hubatsek, Kara Dalke, Matthew August Ferrell, Liz Davies, Lisa Stathoplos, Elizabeth Ureneck, Chuck Courtney, Peter Stader, Chuck Shaw, Dorothy McCabe, Mary R. Hughes, Eleanor Grace Courtemanche, Donnie Greene, Fred Gwynne, Lila Duffy, Blaze Berdahl, Mara Clark, John David Moore, Kavi Raz, Beau Berdahl Oliver, Mary Louise Wilson, Kira Willoughby

Stephen King

Director: Mary Lambert