Run time: 120 MINS

Director: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer   

Cast: Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence, Maria Herrera, Alyssa Brooke Levine, Obssa Ahmed, Hugo Lavoie

Synopsis: 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. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbour Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.


Pet Sematary, directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, is a remake – coming thirty years after the original 1989 movie – of the creepy, classic horror novel by Stephen King, in which a family discover a mysterious burial ground in the woods near their new home.

The tagline ‘Sometimes Dead is Better’ tells us all we need to know about this dark story, which deals with death, grief and childhood trauma. King has gone on record stating that of all the novels he has written, Pet Sematary (1983) is the one which scared him the most.

Jeff Buhler and Matt Greenberg have written the screenplay about Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz), and their two children, Gage (Hugo Lavoie) and Ellie (Jeté Laurence), who move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie Pet ‘Sematary‘ (sic) located nearby, by neighbour, Jud (John Lithgow). After the tragedy of their cat, Church, being killed by a monster truck, Louis chooses to bury it in the mysterious pet burial ground which is definitely not as it seems. It will eventually make the Creeds realise that sometimes, dead is better.

From the  atmosphere, sound design, cinematography and a chilling score by the great Christopher Young, everything about this film is comprehensively crafted with terrific ensemble performances. Jason Clarke [First Man (2018), The Senator (2017), Everest (2015)] , Amy Seimetz [The Girlfriend Experience (TV Series, 2016- )] and John Lithgow [The Crown (TV series, 2016-17,Love is Strange (2014), Miss Sloane (2016)] are superb with a standout performance from  Jeté Laurence as young Ellie.

Pet Sematary is more unsettling rather than thrilling, with the troubling message: They don’t come back the same.

Starcrawler cover The Ramones 1989 song of the same name for the end credits of the new film.

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