31 Days of Horror: Pet Sematary (1989)


Pet Sematary is a movie I have seen many times over the years.  This time came around because my daughter was looking through my Horror DVD/Blu Ray collection and saw the movie with the “creepy cat”.  I told her the cat’s name is Chruch.  She told me, “Chruch is beautiful, but creepy!”

I popped it in and she sat through most of the movie.  What did she learn?  She learned that you should not go in the road.  Which is a good thing.

There is something about coming back to a movie I haven’t seen in a long time.  Pet Sematary is one of these movies that I watched a ton back in the day and maybe it went over my head or I did not pay attention.  This time, four or five year later, maybe longer, it hit me in a different way.  I was kind of blown away at how good Pet Sematary really is.

The story is about a doctor moving to the middle of nowhere with his family from Chicago.  The meet the only neighbor, Judd and he leads them to a path in their yard.  The path leads to a “Pet Sematary”, where locals all bury their pets who have passed on.  Thanksgiving comes and Louis, the Doctor, is left alone.  Judd finds their cat, Church dead on his front lawn.  Church seems to have been hit by one of the passing trucks that steam down the road every day, all day long…This is where I have trouble with the movie or the story.  Did they buy the house, site unseen?  Why would they buy a house on a road like this, with two small children?

That may be my only gripe with the story, otherwise it works. Dale Midkiff plays Louis, who struggles with the move and the power of the Pet Sematary.  I love it, more than I have in the past.  I actually got the chance to watch the sequel after watching the first movie and I will have a Double Feature Friday over at The Horror Syndicate, this Friday.  If you want to read more, check it out.

Here are a couple of things, the trailer and the music video from the Ramones.  Great song that everyone seems to know, I remember the first time I heard it, I wanted to see the movie, based on hearing the song.

Speaking of songs, the opening theme…very similar to the title theme from The Amityville Horror…very creepy…oddly enough, I did this last year, so it has only been 1 year…wow.

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