Reviews Review: ‘Pet Sematary’ Manages to Convey a Very Creepy and Foreboding Atmosphere Published 9 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 Dark Universe Presents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNZEMdODcq4 Advertisement Latest Popular Videos News15 hours ago [Image] Tate Steinsiek’s ‘Castle Freak’ Remake to World Premiere at Chattanooga Film Festival News19 hours ago Original Station Wagon from John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ to Appear at Flashback Weekend Chicago Blu-Ray & DVD21 hours ago Second Sight Films Unleashing ‘Revenge’ Limited Edition Blu-Ray in the UK This May News3 days ago A Rare 35mm 3D Screening of ‘Friday The 13th: Part 3’ Will Take Place Next Month in Philadelphia News4 days ago Jason Blum Says the Canvas of ‘Halloween Kills’ is Very Large News2 weeks ago Non-Spoiler Details from Thursday Nights Test Screening of ‘Halloween Kills’ News4 weeks ago Jamie Lee Curtis Had to Adapt to Some Limitations and Interesting Changes in ‘Halloween Kills’ News2 weeks ago James Jude Courtney Talks ‘Halloween Kills’ Intensity: “We Pumped Up the Volume on This One” News3 weeks ago Blumhouse’s ‘Halloween Kills’ Will Test Screen This Thursday in Los Angeles News4 weeks ago [Video] Anthony Michael Hall Says ‘Halloween Kills’ is “Really Intense” News1 week ago [Trailer] Eric Dean Hordes’ Throwback Horror ‘Trolls World’ Brings Back ‘Troll 2’ Actor George Hardy News2 weeks ago James Jude Courtney Talks ‘Halloween Kills’ Intensity: “We Pumped Up the Volume on This One” News2 weeks ago [Trailer] Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson Team to Solve Grisly Murders in ‘Spiral: From the Book of Saw’ News4 weeks ago Jamie Lee Curtis Had to Adapt to Some Limitations and Interesting Changes in ‘Halloween Kills’ News4 weeks ago [Video] Anthony Michael Hall Says ‘Halloween Kills’ is “Really Intense” 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!