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Blu-ray Review: There’s Animal Magic In This 30th Anniversary Edition Of Stephen King’s PET SEMATARY - Movies In Focus
Mary Lambert’s Pet Sematary gives you everything that you could ever want from a Stephen King adaptation. It’s got that small town Maine vibe, good characterisation and a creeping sense of unnatural horror into normality. The ace in the hole here (aside from the source material) is that King himself penned the screenplay for this adaptation. Dale Midkiff and Denise Crosby play a couple who move into a new home with their young son (Miko Hughes). Near their house is a busy road and an abandoned pet cemetery (labeled Pet Sematary) which much more sinister than it first appears. In fact, it seems to bring the dead back to life. Soon everyone seems to make very bad decisions – mostly involving dead cats and dead children. There’s quite a lot to enjoy in Pet Sematary. Fred Gwynne delivers a wonderful performance as the couple’s elderly neighbour who knows more than he is letting on, while Peter Stein’s cinematography (or should that be sinematography) and Elliot Goldenthal’s score add a touch of class. Lambert manages to keep the human moments in check, which helps the horror elements pay-off later in the movie. Over the years there have been a slew of [...]