Review: ‘Pet Sematary’ gives chilling vibes to viewers

New Stephen King movie provides excellent jump scares, uncomfortable chills


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Pet Sematary” was released on Friday, April 5 and was directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widneyer. The film is a remake of the 1989 film and novel “Pet Sematary” written by the King of horror, the one and only, Stephen King. The biggest visual difference in both films was the quality. The newest film shows the same creepy storyline but has realistic props, which is something the previous movie lacked. The movie is rated R due to horror violence, bloody images and language.

Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) moves to the small town of Ludlow, Maine with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz), their two kids Ellie (Jeté Laurence) and Gage (Hugo Lavoie) and Ellie’s cat, Church (Leo). During the family’s exploration of the woods near their new house, Ellie spots a group of children walking with a deceased dog. Children in horror movies is spine-chilling enough but the children in this scene wearing masks while walking into a cemetary with a deceased animal takes spine-chilling to a new level.

Neighbor Jud Crandall (John Lithgow) tells Louis and Rachel the forest is dangerous and should not be explored alone. Later, on Halloween, Church is killed by a truck. Jud and Louis go to the Pet Sematary to bury Church but Jud stops him and takes Louis beyond the Pet Sematary to bury Church, however, Jud leads him to an ancient burial ground. In the 1989 film, Jud tells Louis the cat will come back to life, while in this film Jud fails to tell Louis the cat would come back alive.

During Ellie’s birthday party, she sees her deceased cat on the road and runs toward Church to only be hit and killed by a truck. After the death of Ellie, Louis buries her beyond the Pet Sematary.

In the novel, Gage is the one who dies while in the latest film Ellie dies. Some fans disagree with the change of role of possession; fans say the film would’ve been scarier if Gage was the one who died because kids under the age of 5 are terrifying. In the end it was a benefit to make Ellie the one who dies due to the age of Gage in the film. But one thing is for sure: King will always make things darker.

In the end, a plot twist makes fans speechless yet disappointed because they expected a dramatic ending. However, the actors and actresses did an amazing job portraying their characters because they made each of them seem believable. The character development in the film was also successful, especially for Louis as viewers can see the signs of grief throughout the film after the death of his daughter.

The film did a wonderful job on soundtracks; the loud sounds during jump scares successfully surprises viewers. The film also succeeds in providing viewers with uncomfortable chills due to the creepy moments during Rachel’s flashbacks to when she was a teen and was taking care of her sister, Zelda (Alyssa Brooke Levine). Overall, “Pet Sematary” deserves 4 out of 5 stars.