PET SEMATARY (2019)

★★

Starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jeté Laurence, Hugo Lavoie, Lucas Lavoie, Obssa Ahmed
Directed by Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer
2019 / 101 Minutes / Paramount Pictures

Jason Clarke as Louis, left, and John Lithgow as Jud in PET SEMATARY, from Paramount Pictures.

I was never a fan of the original Pet Semetary movie from 1989, and to be honest never even finished watching it. So I can’t really compare the two films, but from what I gather of what I have seen I don’t really think there’s too much different here other than the swapping of the kids (you’ll know what I mean if you’ve seen both). I also think this new version lacks in the scare department whereas the original for me as a kid and seeing the first half terrified me, hence why I never finished it. I’ll get around to it one of these days.

In this new take on the Stephen King story I felt like there were too many things going on and not a lot that entertained me in the way a horror flick should. I always kind of found this story to be really disturbing with a touch of absurdity. However the good thing about this version that I took away was the performance by the little girl played by Jeté Laurence. She was really the only thing that stood out in this unnecessary remake. She was perfectly cast and blew her fellow adult actors out of the water. If it weren’t for her this movie would have been a bigger stinker for me, but it’s her that gives this mediocre a glimmer of hope.

I liked the idea of this story, but at the same time it’s pretty stupid as well. It doesn’t really get going to where I want it to go. I don’t know how the original film ends (I will get around to it eventually), but I found this to be a pretty unsatisfying ending. However, the bonus is that there is an alternate ending featured on the Blu-ray that was so much better than what the final product had. I would have probably enjoyed this movie much more had they gone with this. The alternate ending just makes more sense and is more powerful of an ending than what’s in the film. It’s disappointing that the studio probably listened to some test audience and decided to change it. The audiences are not always right!

Jeté Laurence as Ellie in PET SEMATARY, from Paramount Pictures.

Overall there’s nothing really worth mentioning about this new remake other then if you’re a fan of the original you might get a kick of of it, but you’re probably just going to want to sit and watch the old one if you had the choice.

Grade D+

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