Pet Sematary – aka Stephen King’s Pet Sematary – is a 1989 supernatural American horror film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. It was directed by Mary Lambert and written by King who also has a cameo role as a minister.
Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Blaze Berdahl, Miko Hughes, Fred Gwynne (The Munsters) Andrew Hubatsek.
A sequel, Pet Sematary Two, was released which was met with less financial and critical success.
The Creed family moves into a new home, close to a road where high-speed truckers often carelessly drive by. They befriend their neighbour Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne) who tells them about a pet cemetery nearby.
Later, Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff), working at the University of Maine at Orono health center, treats Victor Pascow (Brad Greenquist), who’s been hit by a truck and has incurred massive head injuries. He dies on the examining table, but not before suddenly grabbing Louis, addressing him by name, and uttering a mysterious and cryptic message. He also promises to “come to” him. That night, in what is seemingly a dream, Victor visits Louis, warning him about the burial ground beyond the pet sematary. Louis wakes up to find his feet covered in dirt.
Church, a British Shorthair cat owned by Louis’ daughter Ellie (Blaze Berdahl), is run over by a truck on the road in front of their house while Rachel (Denise Crosby), Ellie, and Gage (Miko Hughes) are in Chicago. Jud takes Louis to an ancient Micmac Indian burial ground beyond the pet cemetery they visited earlier. He buries the cat underneath a cairn. Church is brought back to life, but is an evil shell of himself. He attacks Louis and reeks of decomposition. Jud tells Louis about the grounds. Louis asks if a person was ever buried in the grounds. Jud is clearly upset by the question, knocks over some beer bottles, and forcefully exclaims “Christ on His throne, no. And whoever would?” But that is a lie, as Jud later reveals to Louis…