Directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. Written by Matt Greenberg and Jeff Buhler, based on the novel by Stephen King. Starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Jete Laurence, Obssa Ahmed, Alyssa Levine, Hugo & Lucas Lavoie and John Lithgow.
Plot: Dr. Louis Creed (Clarke) moves his family to Maine and discovers a mysterious burial ground in the woods nearby.
So, the first half of this movie was pretty good. We didn’t necessarily miss the old one. The story was the same: Louis moves his family from Boston to Maine in order to spend more time with them and slow life down a bit. Pascow (Ahmed) comes along and dies just as before and warns Louis about the burial ground. But when Church, the family cat, is run down by a truck, Jud (Lithgow) takes Louis to the burial ground past the pet sematary and Church ends up coming back.
After that though, things got bad. And not in a fun way. In this version, Zelda (Levine), Rachel’s (Seimetz) sister, dies in a dumbwaiter, which was gross, but nowhere near as terrifying as the original. DJ still can’t deal with original Zelda, while this one didn’t really scare him at all. Also, they changed which child is killed by the trucks, which DJ actually liked, but I did not.
All in all, the people seemed even dumber in this version than the original. The movie itself seemed to move slower as well. We weren’t as creeped out, so that sucked. And the end! I mean, don’t even get me started. How fucking dark and depressing! No, I can’t recommend this. Sure, the acting was good. Lithgow is particularly good. But they fucked with the genius that was the original novel just a little too much for us. Skip this and watch the original instead.
Our score: 25.