Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ was the third of his novels that I read during my early teens. While not the best of his body of work, bits of that book left a lasting impression on me, primarily the part about Rachel’s sister Zelda.
The new movie takes the best aspects of the book and runs them through with a jagged knife. For the most part it works, although they could have taken it even further. They even touch on old Native American windigo legends, even though any portrayal of the deeper meanings of the legends are left out.
Rachel’s memories of her sisters illness and death are more prominent in this film. For me that was the best improvement. Instead of Gage dying, iit’s his older sister after the dad is able to save his son, leading one to believe that you can’t save everyone. I’m a bit miffed that they included Halloween in passing even though it’s obvious they shot during the heat of the summer. By Halloween, trees are letting their leaves fall to the ground. The trees in this are green and full of summer life.
On a side note, I like that they included a joke from John Lithgow about how he knows who Winston Churchill is. He ought to. Lithgow played him marvelously in The Crown.
If horror films are your thing, check this one out. It won’t keep you up at night but won’t bore you either. I enjoyed it, but I’m biased. There’s a special place in my heart for Stephen Kings writing, and for Jason Clarke.