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Pet Sematary (1989)
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just moved into a new home in beautiful Ludlow, Maine. They’re a happy,
loving family until a “Mack Truck” and a “pet graveyard” that
re-animates the buried dead, changes all that. It all goes very
dead is better…
Sematary" was a brave book, probably Stephen King’s more merciless tale,
which I for one appreciated this cinematic adaptation not holding
back or softening up in terms of the vicious punches that were found in its source
material. How I see it, some movies are as good as what you bring to them
when you're watching them. Who you are and your ability to connect to the content
in question can amplify its worth. "Pet Sematary" means a lot to me, it
talks to me and whatever faults it has, are therefore rendered somewhat
themes brought up here were universal. Family”, “love”, our biggest
fear being “death” and “egoism” were subjects touched upon and I
connected to all of them. But the one that hit home the hardest was the
nature of “loss” and not being able to cope with it. Anybody out there
who's ever been in a relationship that failed and then refused to
accept it will understand the emotional torment this piece covers. When
something is over, it's over and the more you hold on to the past and the more
you try to make it like it used to be, the more it fails and possibly
snowballs into something very ugly. "Pet Sematary" takes that human
condition and steroids it, with death being the situation and the
possibility of altering it, the moral question.
relished the character-driven nature of this film, adored the dangerous
questions it asked of us, got the chills many times due to the morbid
images served up and respected the unapologetic brutal finale. Yes, some of
the human interaction did feel a tad "off" at times. I can’t pin-point if
it was due to the acting or the dialogue or a bit of both, but I easily let
that go, engulfed by what was brought up, entranced by my
attachment to the appealing characters and the unfortunate chain of events
that had befallen them. Couple all that with a gripping eerie visual coating,
an effective Maine location, genuine scary moments and a touching score
and you get an offering that pulled all of my more receptive strings.
paper, "Pet Sematary" is NOT a perfect movie. The screenplay written by
Stephen King tries too hard to retain the many subplots that were found in
the book. Since it’s playing within a 1 hour and 48 minutes time frame,
the subplots felt rushed and didn’t have the impact they
should’ve had. In my perfect world, Zelda and the house keeper business
would’ve been snipped out to leave more room to witness the grieving
process in between “the loss” and the evolution of the lead character
into a state of denial, obsession and madness. I also didn’t care for
the eventual physical manifestation of the evil presence within the woods;
but that’s just me.
said that, "Pet Sematary" is easily one of my favorite King film
adaptations and it more than compensated for it shortcomings by reeling me
in with its courage, its somber aura, its appealing characterization, its
disturbing images and its fearlessness in exploring those dark corners
that most mainstream horror films never dare think of entering in the
first place. This flick gets me every time. Loss is pain and pain is part of being human. Death
is the bottom-line. I need a drink…
(Louis) was very photogenic and hit most of the right emotional notes. I
dug him. Fred Gwynn (Jud) gave a sympathetic performance, even with the
marbles in his mouth. Denise Crosby (Rachel) worked for me big-time, she
gave the part that special “oomph” needed to elevate it beyond what it
was on paper. Brad Greenquist (Victor) did what he had to do well. Miko
Hughes (Gage) was 2 years old when they shot this film, props to whoever
got that performance out of him and props to him for obviously being
precociously talented. Although the character of Ellie whined a tad too
much for my taste, twin sisters Blaze and Beau Berdhal’s, who shared the
role (Ellie) were credible and therefore made it bearable.
here got disgustingly messy with scalpel action (all about the ankle bit),
a slashed mouth, a ripped-out throat, a face half carved out, self face
mutilation, a hideous deformed chick and more.
We get none
and I wanted none.
Known for her
work in music videos (Madonna’s "Like a Prayer" was her doing), Mary
Lambert was thankfully restrained here, using her sharp eye to serve the
story and not to drown it out. The best piece of style in this film had to be
the use of photographs during a certain accident; to this day I have
always remembered that technique and plan to use it in my own eventual
foray into filmmaking. Thank you, Mary Lambert.
The score by
Elliot Goldenthal was touching and yet quite sad. It worked. Although I
groove on the Ramones and the rocking “Pet Sematary” tune, I wish they
wouldn’t have rolled it during the end credits, it kind of negated the
downbeat feel the movie was supposed to leave
will not please everybody and it does contain its weak points. But who I
am as a person and what I bring to it every time I watch it never fails to
make it quite the fulfilling watch. In the end, that’s all that
matters. When it comes to
film criticism, people always forget that we are all individuals, with our
own demons and our own pasts defining who we are in the present. What will
appeal to one, won’t necessarily appeal to all and there lies the
somewhat "trivial" nature of critiquing film. Sure, you can break a
film down, analyze its technical aspects, narrative flaws…what not. But
there’s more to film than the “surface”, there’s also the
emotional resonance and that is entirely in the eye of the beholder. Are
you going to enjoy "Pet Sematary"? Will you get what I got out of it? I
don’t know! Will you agree with this review? It
doesn’t matter! Just watch
the film and find out for yourself how YOU feel about it. As for me, that
drink is calling my name…and I’m about to answer.
Romero was attached to direct the film for a while. He didn’t wind up
doing it. Why? Rumor has it, he had a "falling out" with the film’s
film’s budget was US$11.5 Million.
cats were used to play the part of "Church."
King has a cameo as a minister in this film.
actresses played the part of Ellie (Beau and Blaze Berdahl).
Lambert, the director of "Pet Sematary", is best known for
directing Madonna's music videos, "Like a Virgin",
"Material Girl", and "Like a Prayer".
character of "Zelda" was played by a man named Andrew Hubstsek.
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