Film Review: Pet Sematary

Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel Pet Sematary is atmospheric, tense, and entertaining. 

When Louis and his family relocate to rural Maine, they hope for the tranquility of the countryside. However, they discover a mysterious burial ground in the woods of their new property…

An adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name (written by Jeff Buhler, with a screen story by Matt Greenberg), Pet Sematary is an engaging horror. The narrative is well constructed, revealing only what the audience needs to know until the time is right. The film builds to an uneasy conclusion, with a climax that compels. Pacing in directors Kölsch and Widmyer’s film is great. Pet Sematary feels like it is building towards something striking without neglecting the characters. 

Horror elements are very well executed. The movie is atmospheric from the get-go. The setting is a major part of this; tropes of isolation and transformation are strong. There are the requisite jump scares, but overall the film is smarter than this. Pet Sematary presents a portrayal of the abject that works on a quiet level despite the frantic action. 

Kölsch and Widmyer get the tone of the film right. Some aspects of the film are absurd, yet the film shrewdly laughs at itself rather than being po-faced. Notwithstanding, the atmosphere means these moments are light relief in an overarching darkness. Special effects in the film are good. Church is great; the cat certainly looks the part post transformation. Performances in Pet Sematary are decent, particularly Jeté Laurence and Jason Clarke. The sound design heightens tension rather effectively. 

Few would describe the 1989 version of Pet Sematary as a definitive adaptation. Bearing this in mind, Kölsch and Widmyer’s film feels in no way unnecessary. Pet Sematary is a very enjoyable horror movie.

Previews: Pet Sematary Clip, Long Shot, More!

Plenty of film-related goodness in this preview of coming attractions, including a new Pet Sematary clip, Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood, Thunder Road and more…

Pet Sematary Clip

Here is a new Pet Sematary clip. The upcoming film is an adaption of the Stephen King novel, which was previously brought to the silver screen in 1989. This new adaptation stars Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz who relocate to rural Maine with their young children. Pet Sematary hits the big screen on 4th April 2019.

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood Poster

Here is the brand new poster for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood. The film is set in 1969, and focuses on a television star and his stunt double around the time of the Manson murders. The film features an enviable ensemble cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Al Pacino. One Upon a Time in… Hollywood is set for release on 14th August 2019.

Thunder Road Trailer

Thunder Road, which has been a critical hit at festivals so far, gets a UK release. The film is written and directed by and stars Jim Cummings. Thunder Road is a dark comedy about a police officer who suffers a breakdown following his divorce. The film will be released in UK cinemas on 31st May 2019.

Long Shot Trailer

Long Shot is the latest film from director Jonathan Levine (The Night Before, 50/50). The film is about a journalist who is reunited with his first crush, an accomplished diplomat who is making a run for the presidency. Starring Charlize Theron, Seth Rogan, and O’Shea Jackson Jr., Long Shot hits UK screens on 3rd May 2019.

Spy Cat Trailer

What is this? A film about a special agent cat certainly ticks the boxes! Spy Cat is an adventure comedy about a house cat who must team up with a band of drifters when she is abandoned at a rural petrol station. Spy Cat will exclusively be screened at Vue Cinemas from 26th April 2019.