Abbey’s Monthly Movie: Pet Sematary

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Abbey’s Monthly Movie: Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary is a remake for the first movie. The original movie was released April 21st, 1989.

Pet Sematary is a remake for the first movie. The original movie was released April 21st, 1989.

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Pet Sematary is a remake for the first movie. The original movie was released April 21st, 1989.

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Pet Sematary is a remake for the first movie. The original movie was released April 21st, 1989.

Abigail Baltich, Horror Critic

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WARNING: MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED/READ PET SEMATARY AND DON’T WANT IT TO BE SPOILED.

Ever since I heard about Pet Sematary being released on April 5th, 2019, I was super excited to see it. After watching the original movie that was released April 21st, 1989, I thought it was pretty good and hoped that the new one would be too. Pet Sematary is about the Creed family moving to Maine for the father’s job. However, they soon discover an ancient burial ground on their new land. But what they don’t understand until it’s too late, is that sometimes dead is better.

Doctor Louis Creed, played by Jason Clarke, moves from Boston to Maine due to his new job with his wife Rachel, played by Amy Seimetz, daughter Ellie, played by Jeté Laurence, and son Gage Creed, who is played by Lucas Lavoie and Hugo Lavoie. After their cat, Church, gets hit by a truck, their new neighbor, Jud Crandall, played by John Lithgow, offers to help Louis by burying him in the Pet Sematary. However, after Church comes back to life, Louis is continuously being warned by Victor Pascow, played by Obssa Ahmed, a man who was killed after being hit by a car, that the land is sour. Thinking that nothing could go wrong, Louis chooses to ignore these warnings until it’s too late.

Out of all the horror movies I’ve seen/reviewed, this one definitely had the best special effects. Without a doubt, Zelda, played by Alyssa Brooke Levine, had the best. Her spine and other bones on her back that were popping out due to her spinal meningitis looked very cool and realistic. Another special effect that I thought was really realistic was the cut Ellie put on Jud’s heel when she came back from the dead. It looked like she had actually cut him, and I thought it was well done.

The jump scares in the movie were also really cool and scary. This was one of the very few horror movies that scared me a few times during the jump scares. My favorite out of all of them was definitely when Zelda fell down the dumbwaiter. Even though I did somewhat expect it to happen, it made me jump. A few scenes with Church coming out of nowhere were pretty creepy as well, but definitely not as creepy as the scene with Zelda.

I thought it was interesting that instead of having Gage die as they did in the first movie, they had Ellie die instead. I thought that was an interesting twist, and I somewhat enjoyed it. It did seem more realistic as well by having a nine-year-old go after everyone rather than a three-year-old. However, I was disappointed that Norma, Jud’s wife, wasn’t in either movie, just the book. If they would’ve added her into the movie, I think it would’ve been better considering the events that took place with her in the book. They also kept out some details from the book that I thought would’ve explained things a bit more, such as why Louis doesn’t get along well with Rachel’s dad. But if I had to choose, I think that the remake of the first movie was a lot better, mainly because the acting was improved along with special effects.

Finally, the ending. Out of everything in the movie, I didn’t necessarily see it coming. Knowing that Ellie had dragged out Rachel, who she had recently just killed, I did somewhat know that she was going to bury her and bring her back. However, when Louis was trying to kill Ellie in the Pet Sematary, I didn’t expect Rachel to come out from behind and stab him. I thought that after Louis killed Ellie that he would stop Rachel as well or (like in the first movie) think that she was normal because she was buried so much quicker than Ellie had been. Either way, I thought that the ending was a great way to finish off Pet Sematary.

Overall, I’d rate Pet Sematary a 9/10. The special effects were amazing and they definitely upped the acting from the first movie, along with the jump scares. Plus, the ending was unexpected for me, and definitely a nice touch to it.

 

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