Pet Sematary (2019), 4.33/10, is the first time I have crossed paths with this Stephen King novel so granted, my review may annoy any die-hard fans. However, because of this, I am making my judgement on the film alone, in spite of whether it is a true reflection of the novel or if it is a worthy adaptation. I have to put it rather bluntly: it was terrible.
The plot is as follows (and definitely contains spoilers): family move to a new location in hope of spending more quality time with one another. They establish some sort of initially idyllic life by making friends with an old lonely neighbour. Things start to take a turn for the worst when the daughter’s cat gets hit by a car and their neighbour shows the dad how he can bring pet back from the dead. The cat returns from the dead but has turned all weird – violent and sinister. The daughter then gets hit by car and you guessed it, the father brings the girl back from the dead. The girl turns weird, kills them all and brings them all back from the dead. All of this occurs whilst mum has irrelevant flashbacks of her dead sister (which was probably the most scariest part of the movie but had now real tie to the main narrative).
With no sense of direction from the start, PS struggled with pacing issues which resulted in a lack of interest half way in. It was neither scary or uncomfortable. Conceptually, it’s a brilliant idea. I can only assume this because of King’s writing style based on his other genius work. However, this film doesn’t build any momentum in the normal horror conventions nor is it creatively trying to pull of something different and innovative. I know it’s hard for horror movies to have any success compared to other genres however I never gained any relationship with any character so when they were killed off, I simply didn’t care. With no depth or originality, I would advise you save your time and money by avoiding this shocker of a movie.
Entertainment (of its genre): 3/10
Overall rating….. 4.33/10