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    Pet Sematary (2019)

    Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.


    Stephen King (based on the novel by), Matt Greenberg (screen story by) | 1 more credit »
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    5 nominations. See more awards »



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    Cast overview, first billed only:
    Jason Clarke ... Louis
    Amy Seimetz ... Rachel
    John Lithgow ... Jud
    Jeté Laurence ... Ellie
    Hugo Lavoie Hugo Lavoie ... Gage
    Lucas Lavoie Lucas Lavoie ... Gage
    Obssa Ahmed ... Victor Pascow
    Alyssa Brooke Levine ... Zelda (as Alyssa Levine)
    Maria Herrera ... Marcella
    Frank Schorpion ... Rachel's Father
    Linda E. Smith Linda E. Smith ... Rachel's Mother
    Sonia Maria Chirila ... Young Rachel
    Naomi Frenette ... Upset Student (as Naomi Jean)
    Suzi Stingl ... Norma
    Kelly Lee ... Nurse Kelly


    Louis Creed, his wife Rachel, and their two children, Gage and Ellie, move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie 'Pet Sematary' located nearby. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is definitely not as it seems, as it proves to the Creeds that sometimes, dead is better.

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    Release Date:

    4 April 2019 (Hong Kong) See more »

    Also Known As:

    Cementerio maldito See more »

    Filming Locations:

    Montreal, Quebec, Canada See more »


    Box Office


    $21,000,000 (estimated)

    Opening Weekend USA:

    $24,502,775, 7 April 2019

    Gross USA:


    Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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    Technical Specs


    Sound Mix:

    SDDS | Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X)


    Color | Color (Deluxe)| Color (FotoKem)

    Aspect Ratio:

    2.39 : 1
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    Did You Know?


    Sadly on May 30th 2019 the main cat who portrayed the undead Church 'Leo' passed away. Kir Jarrett who adopted him after filming, announced the sad news on an Instagram account dedicated to his furry friend. "It is with great sadness that we tell you that Leo has passed away. He will forever be missed by his human and fur family. May his star always shine bright." See more »


    During Louis's first trip to the burial ground, some lightning is seen near the horizon. Thunder follows about a second later. The lightning appears miles distant, and the thunder would have taken much longer to reach Louis's location. See more »


    Rachel: [firmly] I Buried My Daughter
    Ellie: [becoming enraged] Then You Can Go Join Her
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    Alternate Versions

    Paramount Pictures Australia submitted a 98 minute version of Pet Sematary which gained an MA15+ rating. Presumably this version was pre-cut in an attempt to gain a lower M rating. As with Overlord, Paramount Pictures Australia decided to release the uncut version instead which also gained an MA15+ rating. See more »


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    User Reviews

    This Movie Stinks Worse Than A Dead Cat
    23 April 2019 | by opheliahasrisenSee all my reviews

    I'm one of those rare freaks who love remakes. I don't like this one. I don't understand how wrong they could go with Kings brilliant story line. Genius was served to them on a platter. I thought maybe part of the reason it was awful was a low budget (not saying there aren't many good, even great low budget films). But I did the math, and with inflation, they had virtually the same budget as the original. So why it looks like a youtuber filmed it, I don't know. Just a bad cinematographer I guess.

    The amateurish filming could have been overlooked if they had made decent casting choices.I thought that would have been difficult because Fred Gwynne gave one of those untouchable performances as Judd. Obviously it wasn't difficult because it seems they picked John Lithgow randomly out of a phone book. I can't that guy seriously after Third Rock From the Sun.

    There was no depth to the father and he looked like someone had hit him in the face with a shovel. He looked like a boxer not an MD. Really there was not much depth to any of the characters, which made it hard to like them. To me this misses much of the point of King's book and the original film. The horror isn't really about a spooky graveyard. It's about the horror of what this family is going through with the death of their child and the unthinkable things the father did to cope. It's about the lengths one will go to for the ones they love.

    Victor wasn't scary. Victor and his creep factor really was a pillar in the original. I guess no one realized that and just picked some random guy.

    I really think the casting department needs to do a walk of shame.

    The writers need a kick up the butt too. I was cringing at the dialogue in the scenes that were transplanted from the first movie. Well, obviously I did a lot of cringing during this film

    The Ellie thing could have been brilliant, but that fell flat on its face too. She wasn't scary. In the original Gage gave me the willies, but then again toddlers are terrifying.

    I'm a big fan of The Ramones, and LOVE the song they did for the original. Starcrawler did a great cover..... Bad remake, good cover :) ;)

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