- Actors: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne, Brad Greenquist, Michael Lombard
- Directors: Mary Lambert
- Writers: Stephen King
- Producers: Mitchell Galin, Ralph S. Singleton, Richard P. Rubinstein, Tim Zinnemann
- Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Paramount Home Video
- Release Date: Sept. 19 2000
- Run Time: 103 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 143 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00004W5UF
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,824 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Pet Sematary (Widescreen)
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For most families, moving is a new beginning. But for the Creeds, it could be the beginning of the end. Because they're just moved in next door to a place that children built with broken dreams, the Pet Sematary. It's a tiny patch of land that hides a mysterious Indian burial ground with the powers of resurrection. Master of the Macabre, Stephen King, will take you and the Creeds to hell and back. (But the Creeds don't have return tickets.) Your tour guide is kindly old Judd Crandall (Fred Gwynne), the neighborhood nice guy who knows the secrets of life, but has seen enough to firmly believe that "sometimes dead is better."
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PET SEMATARY tells the story of the Creeds, a young nuclear family who has moved from the Midwest to a small college town in Maine. They take up residence in a old country house a few miles outside the town, and it isn't long before they become friendly with their new neighbor, a bucolic but agreeable old coot named Jud who lives across the street. Jud quickly alerts them to the fact that the road between their two houses is a busy rural highway, and he therefore warns them to be always mindful of their young children and the family cat. Many a pet has ended up in the nearby pet "sematary," Jud explains, due to an unscheduled meeting with a speeding truck or car on that infernal highway.
Inevitably, the Creeds' cat, Church, joins the roadkill ranks, but only the father, Louis Creed, is at home when this happens. Neighborly Jud worries about how the Creed children will take the news, so he decides to let Louis in on secret. Just beyond the nearby cemetery where the children of ages past have buried their beloved pets, Jud tells Louis, is another cemetery that was long ago held sacred by the Native Americans once indigenous to the region. Local legend has it that when you bury your dead there, they will return to life before the end of the following day. Sometimes there is a price to pay for this magic, says Jud, as the dead don't always come back exactly the way they were before they died. Nonetheless, Jud thinks it is worth the risk if they can protect the Creed children from the pain of losing a cherished pet. Being a physician, Louis is understandably skeptical, but he humors his elderly friend and, with the stiffened body of Church in hand, follows Jud up to the "magical" burial grounds.
Much to the surprise of Louis, Church does indeed arrive on the Creed doorstep the next morning. In some intangible way, though, Church seems different--no longer a loving feline, but instead stealthy, aloof, and easily provoked to anger. Jud tells Louis to try to ignore theses differences, and he suggests that if Louis remains mum about Church's resurrection, the rest of the family will never know their little secret.
Of course, as one might guess, it isn't long before one of the Creed children meets his fate on the highly trafficked road. But dare the grieving Louis bury his son in the sacred soil of the Indian cemetery? And if he does, will what worked for a cat work for a human? If so, at what price?
PET SEMATARY is a very satisfying horror film that offers the requisite spooky ambiance, frightful imagery, and outright scares, and all without requiring much effort to suspend one's disbelief. Part of the reason the filmmakers pull this one off is, of course, due to the excellent job that King has done in his adaptation of his own novel. But the lion's share of the credit goes to the excellent performances from the cast. TV actor Dale Midkiff, whose acting style usually teeters on the histrionic, here turns in a subtle yet compelling performance as the family patriarch, Dr. Louis Creed. Even when things get really intense for his character, Midkiff maintains control and convincingly delivers the reactions of an educated, loving father who is grasping for a rational means of rescuing his family from a dangerously surreal situation. Denise Crosby--better known to SF fans as STAR TREK's Tasha Yar--also does an unusually good job portraying Louis' perky upper-middle-class wife.
It is the performance of Fred Gwynne that really makes the show, however. Genre fans know Gwynne from his role as Herman in TV's classic horror-themed sitcom THE MUNSTERS. As the rustic and lovable Jud, Gwynne stretches his thespian skills way beyond the limits of the slapstick of THE MUNSTERS to create a credible and convincing elderly Maine farmer. Gwynne could easily take it over the top and upstage his fellow actors here, but he instead keeps it honest and subdued and thereby makes a significant contribution towards pulling the audience into the fantasy of the filmic narrative.
As with many of Paramount's DVDs, this disc is sparse on extras. However, the digital transfer (for the widescreen anamorphic edition) was made from a very clean print, and both the picture and sound quality are great. For King fans and fans of great cinematic horror, owning this film is a must!
Gage getting hit by the truck then coming back on a killing spree, Sister Zelda was just downright terrifying, and of course the ending where the wife comes back, runny eye and all.
Watch this alone in the dark at 2AM and you'll have trouble sleeping, you'll search for Gage under the bed and Zelda in your closet.
The Creed family have moved into the countryside, with two small children, a road in front of their house with trucks passing by constantly, and a haunted pet cemetery just located in the woods behind their house, something is bound to go wrong!
Don't forget to watch Pet Sematary II, though it is not a continuation of this part because it involves different characters, but the town is still the same.
had hoped for.after all,Stephen King adaptations seem to be hit and
miss.the story is quite a creepy concept.lets just say,people start
coming back from the dead after being buried.problem is,they don't come
back quite the same.of course you just know that someone will bury a
loved one in just the right spot,which is when things start to get
creepier.by the way,this isn't really a zombie movie,though it does
have that element to it.anyway,Fred Gwynne is very well cast and
noteworthy as the slightly odd(elderly)neighbor of the Creed family,who
have just moved in next door.all in all a very entertaining,creepy
tale,to say the least.certainly worth watching. 3/5
Not as scary as the book but still holds the scare factor.
It's a brilliant film and I thought It was one of the most scariest films ever. (...)
Rent this movie or buy it.
Think Gage is cute huh?....THINK AGAIN!
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