I have never seen the original Pet Sematary from 1989. I’ve seen a bunch of Stephen King adapted movies but that one never interested me. After watching the remake, just released in theatres, I can say I have no interest anymore. Pet Sematary 2019 was meh. It wasn’t interesting, it didn’t go deep into the story of why things are the way they are, and the ending was so lacklustre. How some people consider this the best King adaptation may know something I don’t, but to be completely honest, this was a terrible horror movie.
The cast probably signed on to the project because it is a “King story” but didn’t bother to look at the lack of details of the overall story. So many things are unexplained or mentioned and then forgotten for the sake of run time. For example, what happened to Victor, the guy who got run over by a car and knew the doctors first name Louis (Jason Clarke)? How did Judd’s (Jon Lithgow) wife die and why did she come back to haunt him? (This was so not necessary) Why was Rachel’s (Amy Seimetz) sister’s death a major part of the story? That part of her life got more screen time than her dead daughter Ellie (Jete Laurence).
The trailer features kids walking in the woods to “Pet Sematary” and in the movie, that scene takes up maybe two minutes of run time. I felt it was misleading because this is really only about one family and their problems, there are no extra characters. What also ticked me off is this family is so dumb. Who buys 50 acres of land and never looks at the boundaries of their land? The fact that a mountain with mystical powers is undefinable on any map in 2019 is hardly believable (those Google cars go places). I get this movie is supposed to suspend disbelief, but the unrealistic limits this film is willing to push is laughable. 2/10