Pet Semetary (1989 franchise)

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Pet Sematary, AKA Pet Cemetery, 1989 film franchise consisting of:

  • Pet Semetary (1983 novel by Stephen King
  • Pet Semetary (1989 film)
  • Pet Semetary Two (1992 film)
  • (a rumored third film does not appear to have ever been made)
  • (a remake/reboot film is said to be in development)

Summary

Doctor Louis Creed moves his family to Maine, where he meets a friendly local named Jud Crandall. After the Creeds' cat is accidentally killed, Crandall advises Louis to bury it in the shunned Ancient Indian Burial Ground beyond the "Deadfall" near the old pet cemetery. The cat returns to life, its personality changed for the worse. When Louis' son, Gage, dies tragically, Louis decides to bury the boy's body in the same ground despite the warnings of Crandall and Louis' visions of a deceased patient.

Details

  • Release Date: 1989
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Fantasy, Horror
  • Starring: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne (original film)
  • Director: Mary Lambert (and other writers for sequels)
  • Writer: Stephen King (original story), (and other writers for sequels)
  • Producer/Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Laurel Productions
  • View Trailer: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)

Another example of Stephen King's take on "the Mythos", the novel and films were cut from a similar cloth to "Herbert West: Reanimator (fiction)". The bizarre "Indian Burial Ground" beyond the earthly boundary of the Deadfall is implicitly Lovecraftian, with suitably unsettling "came back wrong" results from burying someone in the unholy ground; Lovecraftian elements are a little more obvious in the novel, where the main character briefly encounters an unearthly giant spirit beyond the Deadfall, and more background information is revealed.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Exploitnation, (link) - "...One of those films that many of my peers, myself included, were and still are afraid of. There is something very raw and basic about the film...."


Synopsis

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PET SEMETARY: Doctor Louis Creed moves his family to Maine, where he meets a friendly local named Jud Crandall. After the Creeds' cat is accidentally killed, Crandall advises Louis to bury it in the shunned Ancient Indian Burial Ground beyond the "Deadfall" near the old pet cemetery. The cat returns to life, its personality changed for the worse. When Louis' son, Gage, dies tragically, Louis decides to bury the boy's body in the same ground despite the warnings of Crandall and Louis' visions of a deceased patient. PET SEMETARY TWO: When his mother dies, young Jeff Matthews moves back to his hometown with his father, Chase. Jeff grows friendly with Drew Gilbert at school, who tells him about the Indian burial grounds that bring people and animals back to life, which led to the deaths of the Creed family who used to live in town. Desperately missing his mom, Jeff ignores warnings and buries her corpse, only to have her return in deadly zombie form.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

  • fiction: Stephen King, "Pet Semetary"
  • Race: Deadites
  • Location: "Little God Swamp", with an Ancient "Micmac Indian" Burial Ground beyond the Deadfall in Ludlow near Bangor, Maine (implied to have been built and used by something far older than the Micmacs)
  • Deity: Ithaqua ("The Wendigo") (appears briefly in the novel during the walk to the burial ground at night)


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