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PET SEMATARY

Director: Mary Lambert

U.S.A.| 1989. COLOUR. DOLBY STEREO. 103 MIN.


Stephen King made a point of writing the screenplay for this adaptation of his best-selling novel about the horrors that befall a family when they disturb an Indian burial ground close to their new home in Maine. The most interesting thing about the piece (essentially a reworking of the old Monkey’s Paw tale) is the supernatural aspect, especially the ghostly promptings from the dead and the sense in the latter half of the story that events may be heading towards a looming apocalyptic confrontation. These are familiar features of King’s writing, where prescient dreams seem to hover beyond the veil of the mundane. Director Mary Lambert is largely faithful to the spirit of the novel and makes good use of the bleak, wintry Maine locations to capture a sense of primal terror. She’s also not adverse to exploiting the shocking image of a scalpelwielding three-year-old psycho zombie.

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