Wednesday, October 5, 2022

31 Days Of Horror Recommendations: Pet Sematary (1989)


Year: 1989

Country: USA

Based On: Stephen King 1983 novel of the same name 

    & King adapted it for the screen himself (he also has a cameo)

Runtime: 103 min

Director:  Mary Lambert

Okay, like Cujo, this horror needs NO introduction; but also like Cujo it is a horror film that falls into one of my serious comfort zones: horror directed by women. It's a love of mine and also a worthy cause for promotion. In the 1980's, finding horror directed by women was rare, especially high profile horror that had a wide theatrical distribution!  Besides, we love "pet horror" in this house and we are cat peeps (since we have a family member who is seriously allergic to dogs)--cat actors are always greatly appreciated. Directed by Mary Lambert (who also directed the 1992 sequel), the film is a feat of successfully directing both cat actors (there were 8 in British shorthairs in total!) and child actors makes this worth the (re)watch alone (Miko Hughes' performance as Gage is jaw droppingly awesome at his age!). Add in Fred Gwynne (the original Herman Munster) and a cameo by Stephen King at a real Maine cemetery (Bangor's Mt. Hope) and it becomes almost essential viewing during the Halloween season. 🎃🎃🎃

Mary Lambert on the set of Pet Sematary

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