pet sematary movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The film is certainly freaky and scary, but is too disturbing for kids and contains bloody violence. Pet Sematary is a horror tale best for mature teens.


When Louis Creed and his family move into a new home, strange things start happening after he buries his daughter’s cat in an ancient burial ground that brings the dead back to life.

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Movie details

Director: Mary Lambert
Cast: Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist, Michael Lombard, Miko Hughes, Susan Blommaert, Blaze Berdahl
Writer: Stephen King
Release Date (Australia): 15 June 1989
Runtime: 103 minutes/1h 43m
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains horror themes and disturbing scenes, as well as thematic content including the death of a child and a suicide scene.

Violence (MA15+)

The film includes several depictions of bloody injuries, as well as scenes that feature blood detail as a result of characters being bitten and attacked with a scalpel.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains a single use of the word “f**k”, as well as use of the words “s**t”, “hell” and “damn”.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

No matter how many times you observe it, you’ll always receive goosebumps from the bloody eliminations and the sinister themes you’d expect from a classic adaptation of a Stephen King tale. Other than a fairly bland amount of tiresome moments, there’s nothing much to hate on during this effective horror film.

Author Stephen King abandons having a role only to do with the book, comes along and solidly writes the adaptation. There’s no dragging or overlong introduction to the story presented in the film; what’s occurring and who the leading protagonists are is clear within the first 20 minutes. It’s quick!

Also confined during the beginning of Pet Sematary, the main performances are reasonably poor. As you slowly sink heavily into the story, the acting luckily improves as you start to feel empathy for the characters’ situation.

The spine-tickling effects for a film released before the 90s are also definitely worth mentioning at least once, if not a few times. The depictions are deeply unsettling and are the final method to creating an above-average horror tale. 1989’s Pet Sematary really takes advantage of owning a fascinating idea, but always relies on the cast, pace and execution.

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