Reviews Review: ‘Pet Sematary’ Manages to Convey a Very Creepy and Foreboding Atmosphere Published 10 months ago on May 22, 2019 By Gareth Paterson Share Tweet Adaptions of Stephen King books can vary wildly in quality. Depending on the direction and acting, a film based on his work can reach the cinematic heights of The Shawshank Redemption or the lows of Cell. The new Pet Sematary falls somewhere in the middle. It manages to convey a very creepy and foreboding atmosphere. In this respect it actually surpasses the fun 1989 version. The script avoids predictability by veering off from the source material and offering a couple of unexpected twists. The special effects appear to be mostly practical and are fairly impressive, especially during the horrific Zelda scenes. The cinematography is quite playful and the overall production feels like an old school 80s horror. The cast do a terrific job of keeping the viewer engaged. John Lithgow exudes his usual on-screen charisma as the well intentioned neighbor, Jud Crandall. Child actress Jeté Laurence plays daughter Ellie and should be commended for carrying the final act of the film. Despite these positive aspects, Pet Sematary also has its flaws. People familiar with the story will know that there is an important truck collision scene. In this version the sequence is an over the top CGI spectacle that does not fit with the tone of earlier scenes. The derivations from the source material work to an extent but the new climax is a bit of a letdown. By the end it feels more like Pet Sematary 2, which is a shame as the build-up keeps viewers on edge up until then. Related Topics: Up Next Review: ‘Shed of the Dead’ Should Satisfy Fans of the Zombie Subgenre Don't Miss Review: ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Replaces Many of the Slasher Elements With Science Fiction Advertisement You may like Comments Advertisement Facebook Featured Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UoSqJFMS-A&t=20s Advertisement Latest Popular Videos Blu-Ray & DVD2 days ago Tobe Hooper’s ‘Salem’s Lot’ Getting Region Free Blu-Ray in the UK This May News2 days ago ’28 Weeks Later’ Actress Imogen Poots Would Love to Return for ’28 Months Later’ Sequel News3 days ago [Trailer] ‘Gremlins’ Star Zach Galligan Takes on Dolls, Clowns and Leprechauns in ‘Evil Little Things’ News4 days ago How ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Can Be Scarier Than the Original According to Director John Krasinski News5 days ago UK Release Date for Rose Glass’s ‘Saint Maud’ Has Been Postponed News4 weeks ago ‘Halloween Ends’ Will Begin Filming in the Next Three to Four Months News3 weeks ago [Video] New Footage from the Set of ‘Halloween Kills’ Shows Michael Myers Walking the Streets News3 weeks ago ‘Halloween Kills’ Trailer Arriving in June? Possible World Premiere at TIFF This September News3 weeks ago Director Damien Leone Promises That ‘Terrifier 2’ is Going to “Blow Your Fucking Minds” News4 weeks ago ‘Candyman’ Director Nia DaCosta Teases Tony Todd’s Return News3 days ago [Trailer] ‘Gremlins’ Star Zach Galligan Takes on Dolls, Clowns and Leprechauns in ‘Evil Little Things’ News3 weeks ago [Video] New Footage from the Set of ‘Halloween Kills’ Shows Michael Myers Walking the Streets News1 month ago [Trailer] Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Dares You to Repeat His Name Five Times News1 month ago Poster and Teaser Trailer Arrives for Director Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ Reboot News2 months ago [Trailer] Eric Dean Hordes’ Throwback Horror ‘Trolls World’ Brings Back ‘Troll 2’ Actor George Hardy Trending Editorials4 years ago The Many Different Michael Myers Masks Used In Halloween: H20 News3 years ago Todd McFarlane Makes An Announcement on His ‘Spawn’ Script News3 years ago Photo of Doug Bradley Back in Pinhead Makeup for First Time in 12 Years! Blu-Ray & DVD3 years ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! News3 years ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon News3 years ago Official “Friday the 13th: The Game” Release Date Finally Announced! News3 years ago New Photos From Adam Ripp’s Demonic Horror Flick ‘Devil’s Whisper’ News3 years ago Spike’s “The Mist” New Series Trailer Features Gore and Scares!