A Solid Remake of Stephen King’s Horror Classic
Pet Sematary is a solid reproduction of Stephen King's classic horror. The fans of the novel and the eighties version of Mary Lambert will be surprised by the changes. New audiences will have a shiver in the back because of the diabolical atmospheric thrills. It's a win-win for beloved history. Directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer embody skillful filming techniques. Their expertise adds spice to the standard horror tropes that would otherwise be trivial.
The film begins with the relocation of the Creed family to the picturesque town of Ludlow, Maine. Louis (Jason Clarke) is a doctor who is looking to escape Boston's hustle and bustle. His wife, Rachel (Amy Seimetz), suffers from anxiety attacks related to a traumatic experience of her childhood. They have two children, a pretty little girl of nine, Ellie (Thrown Laurence), and a young son, Gage (Hugo Lavoie, Lucas Lavoie). The Creed clan is completed by the church of Longhaired and Longhaired Cats of Ellie.
Life in the country was not what they expected. The house is on a rural road with heavy trucks crossing. Even more disconcerting is a strange procession with Ellie and Rachel. The inhabitants bury their pets in a cemetery behind the house. The thick forest and the misty soil are made more disturbing by a barrier of brambles to the deeper woods. When the poor Church is murdered on the road, their neighbor Jud (John Lithgow) offers Louis an alternative to the loss of Ellie's heart. The soil beyond the barrier resuscitates the dead. But when the animals come back, they are different.
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. Sematary is a well made film. Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer ( Starry Eyes Holidays ) fully understand the root causes of fear. They do not just lead you to a fear. The decor is plunged into the darkness and fright of the first frame. They stir up anxiety, slowly build up the tension, then hit unexpectedly. They manage a few jumps out of your seat. The cumulative effect makes the obvious fears more annoying. Kölsch and Widmyer breed Animal seminary beyond the script. They have talent in the genre and have been an excellent choice to be staged by the studio.
The female star stands out from her co-stars. Amy Seimetz and Jeté Laurence wear Pet Sematary with convincing performances. Rachel's youth sub-plot establishes an emotional foundation for the character. His terror of death is realistic and credible. The young Jeté Laurence goes from soft to sinister without fault. She has a lot to do in the movie. Laurence realizes each scene. One of them in particular had the girl sitting in front of me petrified. The child becomes really scary. Kölsch and Widmyer again deserve credit. They trusted his abilities and it shows on the screen.
I will not dwell on the differences between the book and the pre-film adaptation. Each version has its strengths and weaknesses. The semicircle of the domestic animal is a known product. This remake makes some bold choices. Fortunately, the changes succeed without losing sight of the premises. This is not entirely predictable. This should be appreciated by all horror fans. Paramount Pictures will scare the box office of the weekend.