Pet Sematary (1989)
Directed By: Mary LambertThe Prologue
(misspelled on purpose) was based off the horror book of the same name by horror writing legend, Stephen King. He even wrote the screenplay for the film, but the film was directed by none other than, Mary Lambert. I still remember to this day renting this movie on VHS back in the day and I remember it was very freaky and it just scared the hell out of me. I had actually never watched it again until I recently did so for an episode of Zombies DON’T Podcast. And I can say that it still packs the thrills and chills I remember. Plus, now I believe I can appreciate it even more seeing as how I’m older.
The Creeds have just moved to a new house in the countryside. Their house is perfect, except for two things: the semi-trailers that roar past on the narrow road, and the mysterious cemetery in the woods behind the house. The Creed’s neighbors are reluctant to talk about the cemetery, and for good reason too. What fallows is one of the creepiest and legit frightening films that I have ever seen. After seeing this movie, it’s easy to see why this movie makes a lot top 10 lists for scariest films ever made.
Death is a very creepy subject matter in my book. And everyone has dealt with the loss of a pet, friend, or even a family member. This movie here deals with what someone would do to bring that person or thing back. And just what bad consequences could come from it. Louis Creed, our family man and doctor that this film mainly features, means well in what he does in this movie. But meaning well doesn’t always work out for the best and in this film the results are terrible. You might think after disaster strikes more than once that our good doctor would have learned. But for your viewing pleasure, you might want to keep in mind that the actions of Creed is those of a guilt ridden and grieving man. Plus, logic in this film isn’t the point.
Among the awesome plot, the film does feature some very good characters. Among those, we have a spirit with good intentions, a very nasty acting undead cat, and a little boy that goes from sweet to creepy about as soon as you could splat someone with a big truck…Yeah, we have those moments in this film too. But then again, this movie packs plenty of cool and skin crawling moments. And regardless of the age of the person watching, it seems this movie what whatever it takes to make you be entertained and feel uneasy. That’s a GREAT combo!
Give credit to the director, Mary Lambert. Give credit to the writer, Stephen King. Or just the swell thing and divide it out evenly between the two. No matter which way you spread it, this film is awesome from top to bottom and it is the type of stuff we can appreciate and watch over and over again for years to come. It’s hard to find legit horror films, and this one is about as legit as you can get. If you’ve never see it, you should SEE IT NOW!!!..Or as soon as you can. I don’t want to sound pushy.
I’d have a hard time picking which adapted Stephen King story is my favorite, but I would be inclined to toss this one here up near the top for sure. So, if you want to see a horror film that does bring the horror, you could do a lot worse than the Stephen King written, Pet Sematary.
The Rating (8/10)