Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary (1989)
Title: Pet Sematary
Directed by: Mary Lambert
Written by: Stephen King
Produced by: Tim Zinnemann; Richard P. Rubinstein; Ralph S. Singleton; Mitchell Galin; Ralph S. Singleton
Music by: Elliot Goldenthal
Cinematography: Peter Stein
Edited by: Daniel Hanley; Michael Hill
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Released: April 21st, 1989
Rating: R
Running time: 103 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $11,500,000 [1]
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Pet Sematary is an American feature film of the supernatural thriller genre. It is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by famed horror author Stephen King. The movie was directed by Mary Lambert with a screenplay written by King himself. It was produced by Paramount Pictures and released theatrically in the United States on April 21st, 1989. The premise of the film involves the Creed family, who moved into a new home that lies along the path of a very dangerous highway. Through their neighbor, Jud Candall, the Creeds learn about a nearby pet cemetery that lies atop an ancient Micmac burial ground. The cemetery possesses the ability to resurrect the dead. Tragedy strikes when young Gage Creed is killed by an oncoming eighteen-wheeler. Parents Louis and Rachel Creed learn that hard way about what happens when one uses the pet cemetery to resurrect a human.

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Notes & Trivia Edit

  • There are a total of twenty-nine credited cast members in this film.
  • Pet Sematary has a 43% (Rotten) rating on the movie review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes. The rating is based upon twenty-three submitted online reviews, 10 of which gave positive reviews and 13 gave negative reviews. [4]
  • The song included in the closing credit sequence is "Pet Sematary" by the Ramones. The Ramones were contracted to create a song specifically for the movie by director Mary Lambert, who had connections in the industry due to her previous work with music videos.

Fun Facts Edit

  • The tagline for this film is "Sometimes dead is better".
  • The title of the movie, as well as the novel on which it is based, is deliberately mis-spelled to reflect a child-like quality, as it was children who cultivated the pet cemetery in both the book and the film.
  • This is the second film based on Stephen King novel that makes use of the cursed Indian burial ground film trope. The first was 1980's The Shining by director Stanley Kubrick.
  • This is Stephen King's fifth film adaptation of one of his books where he also served as the screenplay writer. His other screen credits include Creepshow, as well as the film adaptations to Cat's Eye, Silver Bullet, and Maximum Overdrive (the latter two were adapted from short stories titled "Cycle of the Werewolf" and "Trucks").
  • A Missing Pet poster with Church's name on it appears on the wall of a diner in the "Gray Matter" episode of Creepshow. The episode is based on a short story by Stephen King.

Recommendations Edit

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References Edit

  1. IMDB; Pet Sematary (1989); Box office & Business
  2. "1984 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without
  3. IMDB; Pet Sematary (1989); Filming locations.
  4. Rotten Tomatoes; Pet Sematary (1989)

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