Pet Sematary

April 21st, 1989


Pet Sematary

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Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 6.3/10 (29,435 voted)

Director: Mary Lambert

Stars: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne

The Creeds have just moved to a new house in the countryside. Their house is perfect, except for two things: the semi-trailers that roar past on the narrow road, and the mysterious cemetary in the woods behind the house. The Creed's neighbours are reluctant to talk about the cemetary, and for good reason too.

Writers: Stephen King, Stephen King

Dale Midkiff - Louis Creed
Fred Gwynne - Jud Crandall
Denise Crosby - Rachel Creed
Brad Greenquist - Victor Pascow
Michael Lombard - Irwin Goldman
Miko Hughes - Gage Creed
Blaze Berdahl - Ellie Creed
Susan Blommaert - Missy Dandridge
Mara Clark - Marcy Charlton
Kavi Raz - Steve Masterton
Mary Louise Wilson - Dory Goldman
Andrew Hubatsek - Zelda
Liz Davies - Girl at Infirmary
Kara Dalke - Candystriper
Matthew August Ferrell - Jud as a Child

Taglines: Sometimes dead is better.

Release Date: 21 April 1989

Filming Locations: Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $11,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,046,179 (USA) (21 April 1989) (1585 Screens)

Gross: $57,469,179 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In an interview with Brad Greenquist he said that while in his gruesome makeup for the role of Victor Pascow no one would sit near him while the cast and crew were having lunch.

Continuity: Distance between Ellie and Louis as they talk about Missy changes between shots. In the close-up, they are side by side, as we see them from the kitchen, there is distance between them.

Gage: No Fair! No Fair, No Fair!

User Review

Very creepy.

Rating: 10/10

This scary and rather gory adaptation of Stephen King's great novel features outstanding central performances by Dale Midkiff,Fred Gwynne(who sadly died few years ago)and Denise Crosby and some really gruesome gore effects.Director Mary Lambert has a wonderful sense of visual style,and manages to make this one of the few versions of King's work that is not only worth seeing,but genuinely unnerving.The depiction of the zombie child Gage(Miko Hughes-later in "New Nightmare")is equally noteworthy,as what could easily have been a laughable character is made menacing and spooky.As for the people,who think that this one isn't scary-watch it alone in the dark(eventually with your squeamish girlfriend)and I guarantee you that "Pet Sematary" will creep you out.Some horror movies like this one or "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" shouldn't be watched in group.Recommended for horror fans!


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