Pet Sematary (1989)

Based on the Stephen King novel, a family moves into a house in the Maine countryside. On a hike one day with a neighbor, they are shown a pet cemetery built long ago by the town’s children who lost many pets to the heavily truck traveled road.

The family cat is run down by a truck and the neighbor takes the father to bury it at an Indian burial site beyond the cemetery. A few days pass and the cat returns… changed.

As the family is enjoying a peaceful picnic, the little boy runs into the road and becomes roadkill. The family is devastated and the father decides to bury the boy in the Indian burial ground after the mother and daughter return to Chicago.

Of course, the boy returns as a zombie killer toddler with a scalpel. What did you think was going to happen?

Generally, I like Stephen King movies/stories, but this one didn’t do a great job of pulling the viewer in or maintaining the suspense. In a lot of ways, it kind of felt like a Tales from the Crypt episode gone on a little too long. The production value was good and the acting was about where it needed to be.

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