There is no better way to get ready for Halloween then seeing the film version of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. King has a way of transporting us directly into our fears the old school way–painting that horrible scene though words. Nothing is lost in the film version.
Set in Maine we meet the model family the Creed’s. Young beautiful wife Rachel (Denise Crosby) and the idealistic doctor her husband Dr. Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) move into a lovely rural home with their two children. Louis makes friends with the neighbor and life long resident Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne) who shares local folklore and warnings about the neighborhood. Jud also introduces the children to the Pet Sematary that is behind the Creed’s home. It was put there when Jud was a child.
The family settles in and Louis has his first day at work in the local clinic. His first patient dies but briefly comes back with a grave warning. This comes back to prove a warning Louis should have listened too. From this point things seem to move along nicely as the family settles into their new surroundings. All is well until while on holiday with Rachel’s parents the family cat is found dead on Jud’s lawn. In an effort to give the Creed’s daughter time to come to terms with death Jud shares a secret with Louis. Both men bury the cat on cursed ground making the cat come back to life and changed. Things get pretty scary from here.
King hits all the high points of a semi-gory mind altering scare. I really like the fast pace to the movie. It gets to the point without feeling like it was forced. My favorite character is the ghost guide patient Louis lost the first day at work. He is creepy charming. If you have seen it see it again. I appreciated the organic feel to it. So many horror films are CGI we forget to enjoy the talents of make-up artists and good camera angles. If you have not seen it you really should. It is purrfect for a Halloween late night movie fest.