Directed by Mary Lambert. Written by Stephen King. Starring Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Miko Hughes, Blaze Berdahl and Denise Crosby.
Plot: animals (and people) come back from the dead when buried in the pet cemetery
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should have watched this already. Sure it’s full of people making poor decisions, but it’s also one of the greatest horror movies of all time. Here’s reasons why:
- If you’ve ever read the book, which is one of the scariest books of all time (our mother can’t finish it), the movie is a very nice adaptation. Sure, there’s no Norma and we do miss her, but she can be lived without.
- Highly original idea. People don’t write about graveyards bringing people back from the dead.
- Great casting choices. Now, I do have a problem with Denise Crosby. I mean, as a person I’m sure she’s cool, but I’ve never seen her as Rachel. Everyone else is spectacular though. Fred Gwynne is perfection. And Miko, he gets his own number.
- Miko Hughes. Cute, even dead.
- Memorable death scenes. Every single time I see Jud go down I am pained. Hell, I’m pained right now just thinking about it.
- Zelda. One of the most terrifying characters of all time. She gives DJ nightmares just thinking about her. To be honest, she’s the reason even I won’t watch this movie alone.
- Ellie. The most sensible 8-year-old in all of moviedom. She has sensible thoughts and says sensible things. It’s refreshing in a movie filled with fools.
- The following of simple rules. We know many movies gets this concept wrong, but King is on top of his game. You put a body in the cemetery and it comes back, WRONG, and game over. That’s it. Those are the rules. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
- The cool ending credits song. Because if you’re going to end a movie this good, you gotta do it in style.
- A terrifying story. A story filled with so much love and so much agony that it’d be beautiful even if it weren’t so damn frightening.
DJ and I love this movie. Aside from the unlikable characters and the lack of intelligence, it’s an A+. Together, we give it an 88/100 and tell you to watch it. Now.
Sometimes, dead is better.