pet sematary movie review - Aussieboyreviews


2019’s remake of Pet Sematary is freaky, bloody, disturbing and is as twisted as the original. This well-made horror movie is entertaining, but isn’t overly scary.


After moving into a new home, Louis Creed and his family try to settle in when their pet cat is hit by a speeding truck over night. Louis and their neighbour Jud decide to bury the cat in an ancient burial ground located near a pet cemetery, but when their dead cat is brought back to life, Louis and his family are haunted by the darkness of the pet cemetery’s power.

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Movie details

Director: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
Cast: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jeté Laurence, Obssa Ahmed
Writer: Jeff Buhler
Release Date (Australia): 4 April 2019
Runtime: 101 minutes/1h 41m
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film features a strong supernatural sense of threat inflicted by dead people and animals who are brought back to life after being buried in a supernatural cemetery.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features multiple stabbings which are usually accompanied by blood spurts, as well as bloody depictions of injuries including bone and brain detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film includes occasional use of the words “f**k” and “s**t”, as well as use of the words “damn” and “hell”.

Sex (PG)

A couple is depicted lying on top of each other and kissing passionately before being interrupted.

mpaa rating

R (for horror violence, bloody images, and some language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

If you consider dissecting this tolerable horror remake, you’ll eventually discover that the concept isn’t so much scary and chilling, it’s just sad and sorrowful. 2019’s Pet Sematary involves more of a focus on grief than gore, to the point where the twisted plot will create a deep sense of unsettlement in its viewers. Although that design’s more dramatic than horrific, it’s enough to provide dark eeriness and easily takes your concern to position it in the story.

The remake also messes around and shifts multiple of the 1989 classic’s plans and aims. The emotions replace the original’s gruesome thoughts, but there’s a change in the death orders and depth in the characters. Jason Clarke and John Lithgow are able to strengthen the ability to compel the movie’s audiences.

Although Pet Sematary is entertaining enough and is interesting to focus on feelings, it lacks the anticipated tension and true terror. The original was able to slowly increase the tensity and perfectly scared you at times, whereas the pure suspense is left to the last 20 minutes. Thanks to the music, acting and darkness, the films grows darker and chillingly ominous before the average climatic sequence. The repositioning of the design is pretty clever, but unfortunately loses the battle between being better than the old classic.

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