'Pet Sematary' Review

Updated on April 16, 2019

Pet Sematary is a 2019 supernatural horror film directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer and written by Jeff Buhler, from a screen story by Matt Greenberg. It is the second adaptation of the 1983 novel of the same name by Stephen King, after the 1989 film. The film stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jeté Laurence.

Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbour Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.


I have to say, Pet Sematary really disappointed me. I was expecting a lot more from this film. I don't think it's a bad film, but it's also not good. I thought Pet Sematary was an OK, average at best horror film.

I thought the best part of the film was the bond that formed between the little girl and the old man, but other than that I didn't think the film did anything exceptionally well. I thought the film really lacked in scares, thrills, tension, and suspense. Unfortunately, up until the end, I thought the film was an average drama that featured a creepy cat.

It also felt like 2/3rds of the film was only there for the sole purpose of building the climax. What I mean by that is that they basically use more than half the film to explain what the Pet Sematary was, what it could do, and what happened when you brought something back.

I also thought the main character could have been a lot better. Jason Clarke's character was fine, but not great. He was basically a guy that believed once you die you just die, which was fine given the concept of the film, but they didn't explore it enough to make it great. The same thing goes for Amy Seimetz character. She had a very interesting backstay involving her sister, by they really don't dive into it enough.

The film had a great atmosphere and some good cinematography, but other than this the film didn't do anything exceptionally great.

Pet Sematary really disappointed me. It's not a bad film, but it's average at best.


I thought the acting was solid. I really liked Jason Clarke and I loved Amy Seimeyz. I also thought John Lithgow did a really good job, but I thought Jeté Laurence stole the show. She was great, especially towards the end.

Overall the acting solid, and it was definitely one of the best parts of the film.


The plot and story is where the film really starts to struggle. The story really felt flat to me.

I thought they did a good enough job introducing the characters and laying a solid foundation, but they didn't build on it. They water the characters and most of the film just didn't work for me.

Pet Sematary was a relatively standard film in terms of runtime. It's about 90 minutes, buy most of that time was spent setting up and explaining the end. The ending was not a surprise what so ever because of this. I personally didn't think the climax was as good as it could have been because most of the film was used to explain what would happen.

They introduced a subplot with the mother and her sister. It was interesting at first, but they didn't explore it again until it was useful as a plot device to drive the mother back home.

The basic to do list for Pet Sematary was introduce characters, show what Pet Sematary is, show what it can do, end. The climax was a little underwhelming and the ending wasn't as effective as it could've been.

The plot really struggle in my opinion.


I didn't think Pet Sematary was a bad film, but it also wasn't a great one. In the end I was ultimately disappointed with it.

Solid performances, a great atmosphere, and creepy cinematography felt ultimately wasted because of a sub-par plot, and a very underwhelming ending.

This film relied way too much on an ending that couldn't deliver. It severely lacked in real scares and thrills.

Pet Sematary wasn't a bad film, but it was disappointing.

3 stars for Pet Sematary

© 2019 Royce Proctor


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