Lunchtime Movie Review

Pet Sematary (1989)

Episode #150

Paramount Pictures released Pet Sematary to theaters on April 21, 1989. Mary Lambert directed the film starring Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, and Fred Gwynne.

‘Pet Sematary’ Movie Summary

From the mind of Stephen King, and the author who Chris believes has a terminal case of verbal diarrhea, comes this week’s film PET SEMATARY. The film introduces us to Louis and Rachel Creed who relocate their family from Chicago to Ludlow, Maine after Louis accepts a job as a doctor with the University of Maine. Besides Ma and Pa Creed, the family has two children, Ellie and Gage, and their cat, Church.

The road in front of the new Creed homestead doubles as the final lap of the Indianapolis 500 with semi-trucks racing to see what they can hit quicker than you can scream, “Gage, look out for that truck!” 

Fred Gwynne plays the Creed’s neighbor, old Jud Crandall. He’s just 23 years removed from playing Herman Munster, and 3 years shy of referring to the “two Utes” whatever that is. Jud is a widower who lost his wife during the adaptation of the book which is a horrible way to go. The Creeds quickly adopt him as one of their own, and he becomes Louis’ confidant. Jud entertains the Creeds with wholesome activities such as visits to the pet cemetery in the woods where the town buries all the roadkill from the semi-trucks.

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Paramount Pictures released Pet Sematary to theaters on April 21, 1989. Mary Lambert directed the film starring Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, and Fred Gwynne.

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  1. I was Dale Midkiff’s stand-in for the film. While Miko was happy as a clam for most of the shooting, no one adequately prepared him for the biting Jud’s neck scene. Fred had to quickly wipe away the blood and show a hysterical Miko that he was OK.

    1. Thank you so much for the comments, Raymond! Your points are well taken. Your perspective adds some intrigue to my mind as to “what could have been” with that movie. Wish there was a way to see the director’s cut for sure. Yes, Patrick and I being parents gave us a different take on Miko as a human being. Thankful Fred was so quick to try to help him in that time of crisis. I’m sure the new version will take a different approach to kid actors – or not. ;-) Please feel free to fill anymore blanks we may have for this and/or other films you were part of. Thanks again for listening. We appreciate you. :)

  2. What was cut was a montage of happy family times and life before the trauma, longer treks to the burial ground, a longer exhumation of Cage, longer Rachel stuck at airport etc.

    The neck injection was on a puppet.

  3. Paramount wanted more gore after the first cut, so Timmy Baterman digging at the ground and Rachel’s far gorier facial appliances were done in reshoots in LA.

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