When I was about 17 I read 'Pet Sematary' for the first time. It really made my skin crawl, it was a truly haunting and queerly beautiful novel. I found out that there was a film version and could not wait to see it. If 'The Shawshank Redemption' and 'Carrie' were anything to go on, it should have been a great film.
Alas, I was truly disappointed by this frankly damp squib of a movie. The film just seemed to me quite dull, with no depth to it. It seemed as though the producer and director had skim read through the book and picked out several scenes to move the story on,paying lip service to them to tell the story as quickly as possible and just get to the scary stuff. Bish bash bosh, family finds Pet sematary, son dies, son is buried, ha comes back and kills the end. As a result the characters seemed unbelievable and lifeless, they seemed to have no real character or roundedness to them at all and seemed as two dimensional as Tom and Jerry. Indeed the only good thing I can identify in this movie is the teriffic ramones theme track, a rock classic with an eerie quality to it. I loved that. I think this film could have been better in the hands of a different director. But alas it was directed by Mary Lambert, the woman responsible for Madonna's controversial 'Like a Prayer' video. I think it's generally accepted that for pop videos one does not need to create and develop believable characters and create an emotional core. Thats exactly what we got. Such a shame, because as I say the book is a terrific one, so thought provoking, and with a better director it could have been a thriller on a par with Carrie or The Sixth Sense. My advice to anyone wishing to purchase this vid should do what it says on the back of the sleeve, under the credits: 'Read the paperback'. Jen.