Pet Graveyard – UK, 2019

‘The space between life and death… can kill

Pet Graveyard is a 2019 British supernatural horror feature film co-produced and directed by Rebecca Matthews (producer of Mother Krampus) from a screenplay by Suzy Spade. Scott Jeffrey (ClownDollThe Bad Nun; Unhinged; Fox Trap) also co-produced and served as editor. Jeff Miller (DollsThe Toybox; Ouija House) was the executive producer.

The Proportion Productions-Millman Productions movie stars Rita Siddiqui, Andrew Hollingworth, Claire-Maria Fox and Heronimo Sehmi.

Plot:

A group of friends is tormented by the Grim Reaper and his sinister pet after they undergo an experiment that allows them to revisit the dead…

Pet Graveyard is scheduled for release on DVD and digital on April 2, 2019, by Uncork’d Entertainment.

Reviews:

“The movie is good in concept but basic in execution, it feels like a long episode of a TV show. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it just leans a bit too far on the PG-13 thriller side for my personal taste. Overall, Pet Graveyard is like a mashup of Insidious (once dead, the protagonists basically walk around The Further) and Flatliners. Oddly, it has no similarities with Pet Sematary.” All Horror

“The story pacing goes from methodical during the set-up to oddly rushed once it comes time for death to come calling. The senses of dread and urgency often felt muted when they were needed most. And the means by which death itself can be defeated is downright silly. I just wish the movie as a whole had committed to being either eerier or sillier.” Brainwaves

” …the movie can be critiqued using generic comments applicable to any number of interchangeably forgettable films in the DTV horror space. A pointless prologue. Amateur actors you’ve never seen before and will never see again. Handheld camerawork that’s often too dark or too bright because the production didn’t have the requisite time, money, or effort to light properly.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“The script has a solid enough outline to tell a complete story, but the dialogue and acting leave you wanting more. The acting is so stilted; no one comes off naturally, and it seems like most of the actors are going through the motions. The visuals are a bit unimaginative as well; everything from the cinematography to the villain design feels a bit flat.” EJ Moreno, Flickering Myth

Pet Graveyard needed to be over the top and memorable, instead, it’s flat and uninspired. The quest for knowledge or eternal life has been replaced with the quest for YouTube fame. The afterlife looks like a black cloth background. And The Reaper looks like a man in a dollar store mask. The glowing-eyed Sphinx cat is meant to be chilling, but it’s actually cute.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

  • Rita Siddiqui … Zara – Scarecrow vs. Vikings; Mummy Reborn
  • Andrew Hollingworth … Daryl – The Haunted Hotel; The House on Elm Lake
  • Claire-Maria Fox … Nikki – Deadly Callback; Tooth Fairy; Suicide Club; Bride of Scarecrow; 12 Deaths of Christmas
  • Heronimo Sehmi … Dad – End Game; Mummy Reborn
  • Mike Kelson … Teacher – ClownDoll; End GameHorror of Wonderland short; Scarecrow vs. Vikings; Vikings vs. Krampus; Tooth Fairy
  • Kate Milner Evans … Carla – ClownDoll; End Game; Scarecrow vs. Vikings; Vikings vs. Krampus
  • Hattie Willow … May
  • David Cotter … Jeff
  • Jessica Otoole … Lily
  • Kate Lush … Sara
  • Georgina Jane … Amy

Trivia:

The film was shot with the title Reaper. The retitling is obviously a take on Pet Sematary.

Related:

Fear of felines! Killer cats in horror films – article

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