Pet Sematary (2019)
Here we go with another remake and this time it’s Stephen Kings Pet Sematary. Stephen King has said Pet Sematary is the one story that even terrifies him but how does this movie hold up to the book or even the 1989 movie. Let’s see below if this one holds up to the hype.
So before watching the new movie, I rented the 1989 version and after watching it I was left wondering why I thought this movie was so scary then. But that’s pretty much my feeling for most movies I’ve watched back in the day that I thought was fantastic.
The 2019 version is pretty much the same, Louis (Jason Clarke) moves his family from Boston to Ludlow, Maine to get away from the big city life. Ellie (Jeté Laurence) is the main focus of this story and there’s a lot of interaction with her and her parents, their home and the Pet Sematary which just happens to be part of their property. There’s a point where they jump to Gage (Lucas & Hugo Lavoie) in an almost “oh he’s here too” moment.
The Creeds soon meet their next-door neighbor Jud (John Lithgow) who at first just seems like the creepy old guy across the street, but turns out to be a really nice guy who’s happy to have new neighbors to talk to. In the movie, Rachel (Amy Seimetz) has a flashback of a past event in her life. The flashbacks are of Rachel as a child and the death of her sister, Zelda. Its use in the story was to explain Rachel’s aversion to speaking about or dealing with death. The topic comes up due to the death of their pet cat, Church, and having to explain it to Ellie. However, they keep going back to this flashback multiple times in the movie, which, other than just setting up jump scares, seems almost unnecessary.
By this point, Jud had already taken Louis out to the Micmac Indian burial ground that brings dead things back. Church is buried, returns, & becomes hostile with the family members. The movie goes thru an achingly slow progression up until the point Ellie dies in a tragic accident that in the past was a fate reserved for Gage. From the moment Ellie returns the creep factor in this movie shoots up to 100. Jete Laurence is amazing as “dead” Ellie. The shift from a sweet 9-year-old girl to a murderous monster was not what I expected from someone that young.