Dr Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.
It’s not often you come across a horror movie with as much depth as PET SEMATARY (the movie US that is now showing is another one). The story’s message is that we need to grieve the loss of loved ones when they die, but we also need to say goodbye to them rather than trying to hang on to them by refusing to accept they are gone. Refusing to move on in a healthy way can have negative effects on the present — not in any supernatural way like the narrative in PET SEMATARY — but in unhealthy ways that can play havoc with our emotions. The good thing about this remake of the original movie is that it focuses more on emotions than on the gore.
PET SEMATARY is very eerie and tense all the way through. The cast is very good, especially Jason Clarke (who plays the father) and John Lithgow (who plays the creepy next door neighbour). The wife (Amy Seimitz) and the daughter, Jeté Laurence, are also very good. It’s a creepy story (what else would you expect from Stephen King!) with suspense that is sustained from the beginning right up to literally the last frame. A tense, complex, macabre ride that will have you on the edge of your seat and have you still thinking after the credits have finished rolling.