Nardo says Pet Semetary will bring back some life to the success of King’s original

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By Jessica Marie Nardo

Pet cats were never looked at the same after Stephen King’s novel “Pet Sematary” hit the big screen in 1989. So how does that change considering it’s coming back now (I didn’t even plan this pun)? Well for one, cats are still pretty creepy especially ones with a lazy eye and bringing back the dead is still a pretty bad idea. In the reboot of Pet Sematary we go back to the town of Ludlow and the wonderful Indian burial grounds that bring a family together as much as it tears it apart. This time the cast is rounded out by the talented Jason Clarke and horror veteran Amy Seimetz who are able to breathe new life into Rachel and Louis Creed. The plot is pretty much the same with the exception of a few alterations (much that are given away in the trailer) but that does not mean that the film did not bring on some solid horror entertainment.

The Creeds have traveled far from their former home in Chicago to start a new in a small town. Usually in horror this is already a bad idea. Small towns are basically birth places for most things that can go wrong, and they do. Son, Gage, played by twins Hugo and Lucas Lavoie, and daughter Ellie, Jete Laurence, have the sunshine demeaner that plays well against the shadowy components of the film. That is until a lovely 18-wheeler screws all that up. Having already dabbled in rising the dead with the ever so cuddly family cat, Chruch, Louis returns to said Indian burial grounds one more time for one more bad decision.

          The real examination here is what makes this film great. Unfortunately, that is nothing. That does not mean there is nothing here to enjoy. In fact, the general way the film was brought together is very entertaining. The nods to the original are fun to catch, the scares are eerie and jumpy at the same time and the new Gage has such resemblances to the original actor Miko Hughes that it brings an additional layer of creepiness. In addition to that, there are some differences that show a new character development we missed out in the original. Judd, played by amazing John Lithgow, and Elli’s relationship is caring and makes for a better obstacle for the plot. The flaws really just fall on how everything isn’t as interesting as it could have been. That’s a hard flaw to really explain because it’s not really any one’s fault. It just kind of happens in reboots.

Pet Sematary is a nice little horror to go enjoy and not take too seriously. Just kick back and let the scares take over while enjoying a nice standard back from the dead plot. Lazy cat eye included.

The Verdict – 3.5 out of 5 Stars