Pet sematary – movie review

So this has been one of King’s most famous works of fiction and it got a movie remake this year. I have not really known anything about it so I decided to give it a try.

A family moves to rural Maine. A father, mother and their two children, one of whom has a gorgeous cat by the name of Church. While exploring their new home, they come across a cemetery, where a group of children dressed up with masks goes to bury their pet. Soon after that, Church ends up being run over by a truck.

Worried that it might have a really negative effect on his daughter, the father seeks help from their neighbor, an old widower, who takes him to a special place and tells him to bury the corpse there. The next morning, much to his surprise, the cat is back and kicking again.

One day, during a birthday party, Church is seemingly missing so Ellie decides to look for her. One thing leads to another and tragedy hits the family.

You can tell by the way I recapped the movie that I did not really do it with passion. That’s because this movie pissed me off more than it should have. It left me feeling empty after it ended. Family trauma and dealing with loss can be a fantastic plot point for a horror film. It has been done amazingly countless of times, lately most notable with Hereditary.

But unfortunately, here it failed miserably. I don’t even know where to start with the movie. It did not even feel like horror. I’m hoping that it was done much better in the book but here it was done horribly, pretty much everything. The only thing I did like in the film was John Lithgow, but then again I love anything that man is in. After “Ricochet” and “Third rock from the sun” I became a huge fan of his so I can’t really give the point to the movie.

There were some solid visuals at times and some decent acting but there really was nothing to redeem this film. And it’s something that could have been done amazingly.

Even low budget short movies can do topics like these and they can execute it wonderfully.

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