PET SEMATARY (15)
PENNED in 1983, Pet Sematary is one of author Stephen King’s most unsettling works of fiction.
A bloodthirsty 1989 film version was a disappointment and 30 years later, Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer co-direct a remake that is largely faithful to the source material but lacks the verve, creativity and imagination to justify its reanimation.
Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) accepts a teaching position at the University of Maine so he can spend quality time with his emotionally brittle wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their children Ellie (Jete Laurence) and Gage (Hugo and Lucas Lavoie).
The family relocate from Boston to the sleepy rural community of Ludlow, moving into a property surrounded by acres of lush forest. This sprawling backyard includes a burial site for the town’s pets.
When Ellie’s cat is killed by a passing juggernaut, Louis accompanies elderly neighbour Jud Crandall (John Lithgow) into the forest to bury the animal.
They venture off the beaten track into mystical swampland where Louis places the pet’s lifeless body in the ground.
Later that night, the cat slinks back into Ellie’s closet, but the feline possesses a mean, vindictive spirit and threatens to harm the family.
When a second tragedy befalls the Creeds, Louis faces an agonising moral dilemma.
“Once you feel the pull of that place, you make the sweetest sounding reasons to go back,” warns Jud.
John Lithgow as Jud and Jete Laurence as Ellie