Director: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
Writer/s: Stephen King (novel), Matt Greenberg, Jeff Buhler (screenplay)
Starring: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jeté Laurence, Lucas Lavoie, and more.
Picture from http://www.impawards.com/2019/pet_sematary_ver2.html
So this one was an interesting one for me. I never saw the original. I know of it’s importance to horror history but it was never a film that drew me in to go out of my way to see it. With that said, the remake is now available to audiences everywhere and the trailers have surely caught my attention. I am not expecting all too much but I am most definitely a sucker for a rated R horror film.
“Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.”
I got a mixed bag of tricks with my viewing of “Pet Semetary”. When I treat this film as a horror film alone, it is pretty solid and puts together quite a bit of brutal and horror filled moments. It is a proper horror film by way of tension, scares, hard-to-watch grusome sequences, and overall well done acting appropriate for the genre. In an over-saturated market of the horror genre, it is great to get a film like “Pet Semetary” that puts together a well done horror vibe.
As always though, with every horror movie we have absolute bonehead idiotic actions and spoken lines. “Pet Semetary” is by no means safe from this concept. Everytime this happens, I try to relate to the characters and why they would act upon their impulses to be idiots. I try to believe it’s an emotional impulse or maybe deep rooted stubbornness or pride, whatever the action may be or whichever horror film the character resides in. But just about 90% of the time I decide it is simply the genre making braindead characters.
Overall, I must say “Pet Semetary” is a great outing for the horror genre. It’s brutal, it’s manipulative, and the ending? Damn. The cast is a well-rounded group of performers. Young Jeté Laurence is quite the young lady as I reflect on the chilling and maniacal performance she puts on. While the film is undoubtedly a solid one for me, I can not ignore the painful horror movie decision-making that takes place and moments of choppy dialogue. Nonetheless, without any knowledge of how the original was, 2019’s “Pet Semetary” is a horror film to see.