Pet Sematary (1989) and Pet Sematary (2019) Reviews and Comparison

The original Pet Sematary was released on April 21, 1989 and directed by Mary Lambert. This was a very interesting story to me and it was a good adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.

The cast in this movie was pretty good as they all fit their roles well. Dale Midkiff played Louis while Denise Crosby played his wife Rachel. They both did an exceptional job with their characters and they seemed to fit their roles perfectly. Fred Gwynne was honestly just perfect as Jud. He had sort of a weird vibe which I think his character was supposed to have and he did a great job.

The story is basically the same as the book. The family moves to a new house and they discover a “pet sematary” (with cemetery misspelled of course). Then the family’s cat dies and Louis and Jud go to bury it and bring it back from the dead. Then their son Gage ends up getting hit by a semi-truck and dies. This then leads Louis to try and bring him back from the dead as well and it leads to a lot of chaos. I enjoy this story a lot as I think it is something different and it really is just interesting to me.

Just a small problem with this movie is that it is somewhat bland. I think it is labeled as a horror movie, however there really wasn’t a horror vibe at all besides the killings. I was never really scared or creeped out in the slightest. Still, it was a movie that I enjoyed.

I give the original Pet Sematary a 7 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness as it was a movie that I am very fond of, however it has just a few mishaps.

Now… for the new… and not so much improved, Pet Sematary. This movie was a little different than the original, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

To me, the cast in this movie was phenomenal. Jason Clarke played Louis and he did a great job as his character. You could feel his heart being poured out into the words he was saying. Amy Seimetz played Rachel and she also did a fairly good job. There really wasn’t a lot about her character that we saw besides her continuing memories of her sister. John Lithgow also did a good job of playing Jud. He is a great actor, however I feel like this role for him was an unusual choice. Overall, I liked the cast as it was well-rounded and they all met expectations.

The story of this movie was basically the same as the original, except Elle ended up getting hit by the semi instead of Gage. I felt like this was a good choice for a remake to do so that they could create their own identity for the movie.

I give Pet Sematary (2019) a 6 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness as it was new, however the improvements were fairly minor.

The first comparison between these movies will be the cast. Honestly, I liked the cast from the original movie more. While that may sound surprising I just felt like they brought more charm and they all fit their characters better. The new cast just seems pretty straightforward and their characters don’t have a lot to them.

The new version definitely felt a lot creepier than the original which I appreciated. There were a lot of dark and foggy scenes which set up a pretty spooky atmosphere. That was really the only improvement of the new version to me.

Overall, I think that the original movie was executed better than the new version. The characters seemed more lively and the script was just better. The original also has a higher rewatchability for me. In the end they were both movies that I somewhat enjoyed, however I just think that the original was better.

Thank you for reading this review and comparison of the Pet Sematary movies. Feel free to comment any other movies or TV shows you would like to see reviewed or ranked. Cinema lovers unite!

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