Gloomy woods, mysterious neighbors, grotesque characters, “Pet Sematary” has it all


Olivia Mack

Based on Stephen King’s novel, the movie seems to be a true horror. Written in 1983, it was first shown on the big screens in 1989, and became a world-wide hit. Directors even decided to create a “Pet Sematary Two,” but sadly that was not as popular.

This adaptation came out on April 5. Directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the two horror fanatics decided to not only capture the gory details from the book and first movie, but they added their own horrifying twists.

Jason Clarke portrays the character Louis Creed, a doctor, and Amy Seimetz plays the role of his wife, Rachel Creed. In the movie they have two children together, Jeté Laurence as Ellie Creed, and twins Hugo and Lucas Lavoie switch off to appear as Gage Creed.

The family decides to relocate from big city Boston, to a rural town in Maine called Ludlow. The house is placed in the middle of the woods, and with the purchase of the house they own five acres of land, and within that vicinity is a pet cemetery. The pet cemetery is placed on top of old Native American sacred grounds.

Jud Crandall (John Lithgow) grew up in the town, and lives in the house next to the Creeds. Knowing more about it than anyone, he warns the family of being around the pet cemetery, not fully explaining why, which contributes to the mystery.

Rachel and Ellie decide to take a walk around the area, noticing several people walking together towards the pet cemetery wearing masks representing different animals. With one child holding a wrapped box and another banging on a drum, they seem to be preparing to perform some sort of ritual.

From then on, it gets even more thrilling to watch. The makeup and special effects done on the actors was perplexing in a way that made everything look incredibly realistic.

The other ratings on the movie seem to range from people either loving it or hating it. IGN gave the movie a four out of five star review, while IMDb thought the movie deserved a mediocre three out of five stars.

Rotten Tomatoes decided that the old version deserved 50%, and that the 2019 version deserved a 58% out of 100% respectively.

With its new changes made from the first version, it left me on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen next. I would definitely suggest watching “Pet Sematary” when you get a chance.