- Pet Sematary (film)
Infobox Film | name = Pet Sematary
caption = Theatrical poster for "Pet Sematary"
Richard P. Rubinstein
Stephen King(novel and screenplay)
Dale Midkiff Fred Gwynne Denise Crosby Brad Greenquist Miko Hughes Blaze Berdahl Susan Blommaert
cinematography = Peter Stein
Daniel P. Hanley
April 21, 1989( USA)
runtime = 103 min.
language = English
budget = $11,500,000
imdb_id = 0098084
followed_by = "
Pet Sematary II"
"Pet Sematary" (sometimes referred to as "Stephen King's Pet Sematary") is a 1989
horror filmadaptation of the Stephen Kingnovel of the same name. Directed by Mary Lambert, the film stars Dale Midkiffas Louis Creed, Denise Crosbyas Rachel Creed, Blaze Berdahlas Ellie Creed, Miko Hughesas Gage Creed, and Fred Gwynneas Jud Crandall.
Stephen King wrote the screenplay himself, having become frustrated with how his novels were represented in film adaptations, and appears briefly in the film as a minister at a funeral.
The plot revolves around the
corporeal reanimationof deceased pets and humans in an abandoned Mi'kmaq burial groundoutside the town of Ludlow, Maine. The Creed family moves into a new home and befriends their new neighbor, Jud Crandall, who tells them about a pet cemeteryand the burial grounds nearby, leading to a series of horrifying events.
Cast and crew
Produced by Richard P. Rubinstein, Executive Produced by Tim Zinneman and Co-Produced by Mitchell Galin. Directed by
Mary Lambert. Stephen Kingwrote both the novel and the screenplay for the movie. The soundtrack was composed by Elliot Goldenthal. The end credits contained a song, called "Pet Sematary", by Punk rockband, The Ramones, which was a radio hit and was later released on their 1989 album "Brain Drain". The end of Pet Sematary 2also had The Ramonesplay their hit "Poison Heart" in the end credits. ;Cast
Dale Midkiffas Louis Creed
Fred Gwynneas Jud Crandall
Denise Crosbyas Rachel Creed
Brad Greenquistas Victor Pascow
Michael Lombardas Irwin Goldman
Miko Hughesas Gage Creed
Blaze Berdahlas Ellie Creed
Susan Blommaertas Missy Dandridge
Mara Clarkas Marcy Charlton
Kavi Razas Steve Masterton
Mary Louise Wilsonas Dory Goldman
Andrew Hubatsekas Zelda
Matthew August Ferrellas Jud as a child
Lisa Stathoplosas Jud's mother
Stephen Kingas Minister
Elizabeth Ureneckas Rachel as a child
*Chuck Courtney as Bill Baterman
Peter Staderas Timmy Baterman
Beau Berdahlas Ellie Creed II
On September 26, 2006, Paramount released a Special Collector's Edition DVD. It features:
* Commentary by Director Mary Lambert
* Documentary: Stephen King's "Pet Sematary": Stephen King Territory
* Documentary: Stephen King's "Pet Sematary": The Characters
* Documentary: Stephen King's "Pet Sematary": Filming the Horror
The documentaries feature interviews with
Dale Midkiff, Brad Greenquist, Denise Crosby, Stephen King, director Mary Lambert, Fred Gwynne, and other members of the cast and crew.
Despite an initially positive reception by many eminent critics, "Pet Sematary" generated mostly mixed reviews, and was considered to be a moderate box office hit of that year, taking in $16 million in its first week at the North American box-office. The controversial nature of the film may have led to some of its alleged "unviewability", and "Pet Sematary" remains to this day banned in several countries. Nevertheless, it has recently developed an ardent
cultfollowing. 'This is the first screenplay that Stephen King has adapted from one of his own novels, ' wrote Films and Filming, in November 1989 'and while it is a generally competent effort, there some absolute howlers in the dialogue...There is also a taut Halloween-style ending that almost justifies the preceding hour and a half. But ultimately there are still too many unanswered questions.' Fear magazine wrote 'The viewer is made to feel personal grief with some realism, and that's something which most horror film-makers have never handled or been willing to handle.' Mary Lambert was quite protective of her work "Pet Sematary" is about a love of a father for his child that is obsessive to the point of breaking certain taboos, passing certain boundaries that shouldn't be passed. I think I brought a sense of mystery and mysticism to the story that they were looking for. There are certain aspects of this story that take it beyond just another horror movie."
*imdb title|id=0098084|title=Pet Sematary
* [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1800105736/info Pet Sematary at Yahoo!Movies]
* [http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pet_sematary/ Pet Sematary at RottenTomatoes.com]
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