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Pet Sematary

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Jul 9, 2019
Pet Sematary

When you immediately don't care for the characters in a film or what happens to them, it's not a good sign. Such is the case for the latest Hollywood reimagining, a paint-by-numbers remake of "Pet Sematary" which came and went from theaters recently with little fanfare. The success of Stephen King's "It" remake 2 years ago seemed to warrant this pointless remake but alas, the original from 1989 far outshines this 2019 version.

"Pet Sematary" 2019 comes across rushed and instead of introducing characters and situations slowly, we as the audience are supposed to already know the story of the Creed family. Dropped into the middle of their move from Boston to Maine, we witness the Creeds as they move into a huge house but, oddly enough, the actors don't have Bostonian accents.

The "sematary" in the film's title gets established immediately (discovered by young Ellie Creed), and there's no suspense or mystery about it. In fact, everything appears bigger and larger in "Pet Sematary 2019," including the acting which admittedly, is actually quite good.

But then key scenes just get re-created with larger special effects and louder sound effects, dulling the senses. The twist this time around is to switch the deaths of characters and have other ones come back to life, differing from King's novelization. In the end, "Pet Sematary" 2019 ends up being another ho-hum zombie film.

Paramount's special features section, however, succeeds in bringing fans of this film a ton of bonus content. Deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and a slew of behind-the scenes footage and interviews (clocking in at over 90 minutes) complement this remake, which will likely go down in film history as a curious oddity.


"Pet Sematary"
Blu-ray
$39.99
www.paramount.com

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.


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