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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

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