November 03, 2019

Review Pet Sematary (2019)


#PetSematary (2019): 6/10

Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Pet Sematary follows a young family as they relocate to a property situated in the vicinity of an eerie cemetery in the woods. The 2019 film has been changed in places when compared with the 1989 original film but the basic premise of the story remains the same.

Jason Clarke (‘Mudbound’) plays Louis the husband, who quickly befriends neighbour Jud on arrival at their new home, played by the brilliant John Lithgow (‘3rd Rock From The Sun’), whom also has a soft spot for Louis’s daughter Ellie (Jeté Laurence). The film sets the scene at a good pace and allows us to get to know the family in a little more depth. Amy Seimetz (‘Stranger Things’) does a great job of portraying Louis’s wife Rachel, who is constantly tormented by thoughts surrounding the death of her sister, and as such, is not so keen to talk about death around her kids. Jeté Laurence (‘The Americans’) also lays on a very assured and mature performance for such a young age as daughter Ellie.

And yet the film as a whole still feels rather unremarkable. Not in a bad way, just rather generic. Pet Sematary sometimes relies on jump-scares for its kicks when it doesn’t really need to, although it does make for an intense few minutes, particularly during Rachel’s freakish flashbacks. 2017’s ‘IT’, based on another famous Stephen King novel, set the bar high and gave us something a bit different in the horror genre. Unfortunately Pet Sematary never reaches those same heights. Overall though, it’s still a decent chiller, is wickedly creepy in places with some good performances, and for horror enthusiasts will do enough to please.

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