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Directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer
Written by Jeff Buhler
Starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow and Jete Laurence

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.

The following tags are associated with this movie: remake, novel adaptation, supernatural, animal
Pet Sematary (2019)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

7 / 10
I should start by saying that I don't read novels and my opinion on the original Pet Sematary movie is that it is okay but I don't find it to be special in any way. This remake is getting a lot of up and down opinions from its viewers. I've heard a lot of positive responses to early screenings, and now I'm hearing a bunch of negative comments too. Since I don't read novels, I can really only compare this remake to the original movie and let you know how it fares in comparison to that. I can't tell you how faithful it is to the book or any of that jazz.

While the overall story is similar, the details in this one are quite different from what I can remember. Things that happened in the original movie do not all happen to same individuals in this movie, which makes it a little bit of a new experience. The acting in the movie is fine enough, I tend to like Jason Clarke as an actor but I have no idea why as I can't really any great movies that I've seen him in, I guess he just has one of those memorable faces. I also thought that John Lithgow was quite likeable in his part.

There are quite a few jump scares to be had with unexpected trucks blasting by, the occasional flashback memory ending with some sort of loud happening. These types of scares aren't abused in any way, but there are a couple of those cheap thrills. The movie ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, though it is one of those endings that feels like the credits started rolling just a little too early, as if it didn't provide enough bang for its buck. The end credits does feature a modernized version of the old Ramones song, and while this is a nice little nod to the previous movie it doesn't exactly help to sustain any sense of dread that was being laid down to end the movie as it's quite an upbeat sounding tune.

Pet Sematary is a decent remake and does a few things differently to the original movie but in terms of overall enjoyment, it's more or less about as enjoyable as the original movie.
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