PG-13 or R? Pet Sematary snags MPAA rating

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer's upcoming remake of Stephen King's PET SEMATARY held its World Premiere at SXSW this weekend and the reviews are in. The film currently holds a 92% over on Rotten Tomatoes with 24 reviews now counted, and only 2 of them are "rotten." And today we have word that the remake has been slapped with an R-rating via the MPAA for "horror violence, bloody images, and some language."

And while we're here, THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL has been rated R as well for "disturbing and violent content, bloody images, sexual material, graphic nudity, and language." And THE WIND has also been rated R for "violence/disturbing images, and some sexuality." 

Directed by Kolsch and Widmyer, PET SEMATARY stars Jason Clarke as Louis Creed, Amy Seimetz as Rachel Creed, Hugo and Lucas Lavoie as Gage Creed, Jeté Laurence as Ellie Creed, Obssa Ahmed as Victor Pascow, Alyssa Brooke Levine as Zelda, and Lithgow as Jud. 

Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

King wrote the screenplay adaptation for the '89 film himself. This time the script was written by Jeff Buhler, who previously wrote the Clive Barker adaptation THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, developed the George R.R. Martin story Nightflyers into a television series, and wrote a remake of JACOB'S LADDER that has yet to be released. We'll let you know once we hear more on the remake but until then let us know what you think thus far below!

 PET SEMATARY opens in theaters near us on April 5th. Don't forget to check out our set visit HERE.

Source: MPAA

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