Pet Sematary is based on the book by Stephen King, which I am a massive fan of. The film follows the story of Louis Creed, a married man with two children who have just moved into a new house. Their new neighbour, Jud, shows them a path to the Pet Sematary, it's meant to be spelt that way. When the family face a tragic death Louis decides to put the body in the Pet Sematary which is a tragic mistake for both the characters and the audience.
The film is very loyal to the book, but it just doesn't work. Like I've previously said I am a massive fan of both Stephen King and this book and I was really looking forward to the film. What could go wrong? Well where do I begin? The film just doesn't work as a movie in this case. The book would make a great film if it were done right as I hope the upcoming remake will. The film features cheesy dialogue, bad acting, no scares and skims through time. It's atrociously bad.
The acting in the film is just unbearable. There is not one performance in the whole film that is near decent and this was distracting me from the rest of the film. I think the best performance in the whole film was probably by the baby and I mean seriously people, c'mon! A BABY DID BETTER THEN THAN EVERYONE ELSE IN THIS WHOLE FILM! I don't recognise any of the actors (with one exception), but it's safe to say why that is.
The dialogue in the film is forced and cheesy. Stephen King wrote the screenplay for this film himself, but I would never have guessed that if I didn't previously know. He practically skips half the dialogue in some scenes so the film can be under two hours long, but it's just off. It sounds weird although that may be because of the unbearable acting. There are multiple scenes in this film where characters talk to themselves and it's laughably bad.
Pet Sematary also features a whole lot of other laughable scenes. Some of the scenes in the film are so atrocious and so forced that I was in tears laughing at them. Some of theses scenes were creepy as hell in the book, but were just hilarious on screen. Every scene with the dead patient standing around and talking just got me laughing my head off. I don't like to laugh in films that you're not meant to laugh at, but I just couldn't help myself. Plus seeing Gage walking around in his weird suit and giant hat had me in tears yet again.
The film isn't scary at all. In the book there are a great deal of slow, dark, eerie scenes. Some of which is just walking through the forrest at night and this had my heart racing. In the film I wasn't scared once. To make it worse all the eerie night scenes in the book were put into daytime and doing that just lost half the reasons why it was eerie in the first place. It bewilders me why this happened.
To sum up Pet Sematary, as loyal as it is to the superb book, just doesn't work. It's full of unbearable acting, cheesy dialogue, unintentionally hilarious moments and doesn't feature a single scare the whole way through it.