Pet Sematary (1989)

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Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.


  • Dale Midkiff
  • Fred Gwynne
  • Denise Crosby
  • Brad Greenquist
  • Michael Lombard
  • Blaze Berdahl
  • Miko Hughes
  • Susan Blommaert

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There is a crazed, dark poetry here, but Mary Lambert's direction of Pet Sematary captures none of it, and the film falls into a flat, frequently laughable literalism. [24 Apr 1989, p.C2]

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

As time goes on, and more King comes to the screen, The Shining, once widely disparaged, looks better and better. At least that film translated some of King's terror; subsequent adaptations, Pet Sematary included, do little more than animate the gore. [24 Apr 1989, p.C6]

Metacritic review by Bill Cosford
Bill Cosford
Miami Herald

The film's only bright notes are Fred Gwynne's flavorful performance as a bucolic neighbor, his Herman Munster basso in full throttle, and the lovely Maine settings. If Pet Sematary could have boasted more authentic details in telling its devastating story, it might have been a classic instead of just another pet peeve. [25 Apr 1989, p.9D]

Metacritic review by Matt Roush
Matt Roush
USA Today