Sometimes dead IS better. But you’ll have to make up your own mind with this Stephen King classic remake.
Pet Sematary is the latest of Stephen King film adaptations to get a remake. The movie follows It, Children of the Corn, and Carrie, which have enjoyed varied success in recent years.
This film takes the creep factor and dials it up a couple of notches from its original setting. From the opening scene, it’s immediately clear that the characters are going to have a bad time.
Pet Sematary does a good job at introducing everyone at a decent pace, with the tension and creep factor building up behind every scene. Everything gets laid out neatly so you don’t need to read the book or see the 1989 version. However, those that have seen the original or read the book are in for a treat. This version plays with veteran expectations very well, throwing in a few twists to keep things interesting. If you listen closely, you’ll even catch a reference to another Stephen King story about a once beloved pet…
By the end of the movie, the audience has been taken for a wild ride of scares and rising tension glued together by a well-spun story about death, grief, and trauma. You don’t have to read Stephen King to enjoy this movie, but of course it’s even better if you do.
So is it worth watching? Absolutely! There’s something here for new and old fans alike. The production values are top notch so there’s no squinting at scary shadows in the dark. This movie shows its scary elements in great detail, without devolving into gory torture porn. John Lithgow gives an award worthy supporting performance while Jason Clarke’s third act transformation is a sight to be seen. There’s also a couple of differences from the original which gives this adaptation its own flavour. This is not a remake in the style of 1998’s Psycho.