"Reel Reviews: ‘Pet Sematary’ reboot brings chills, thrills" by: Jessica shepard

 
   Currently, the reboot of Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary” is trending at the No. 2 box office spot worldwide with just over $24.5 million after its opening weekend.
And I’ve got to say it definitely deserves that spot for creeping me out and giving actual flinch-inducing jump scares.
Pet Sematary is directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer and written by Jeff Buhler, from a screen story by Matt Greenberg. 
   It is the second adaptation of the 1983 novel of the same name by Stephen King, after the 1989 film. 
   The film stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Obssa Ahmed, Jeté Laurence, Hugo and Lucas Lavoie, and John Lithgow, and follows a family that discovers a mysterious graveyard in the woods behind their new home.
Louis Creed (Clarke), a doctor from Boston, Massachusetts, moves to the small town of Ludlow, Maine, with his wife Rachel (Seimetz), their two young children, Ellie and Gage (Laurence and Lavolie), and Ellie’s cat, Church. 
   While exploring the woods surrounding their new home, Ellie stumbles across a procession of children taking a deceased dog to a cemetery, noting a sign reading “Pet Sematary.” 
   Jud Crandall (Lithgow), their neighbor, warns Ellie and Rachel that the woods are dangerous and not to venture out alone.
At the university hospital, Louis is left shaken after failing to save the life of Victor Pascow (Ahmed), a student who has been fatally injured after being struck by a vehicle. 
   On the night following Pascow’s death, Louis experiences a vivid dream in which he meets Pascow, who leads him to the back of the cemetery and warns Louis not to “venture beyond.” 
   A disturbed Louis awakens to find his feet and bed sheets caked in mud, suggesting that the evening’s previous events were more than just a nightmare.
On Halloween, Jud finds Church’s dead body and tells Louis that he needs to deal with it as soon as possible and not to let Ellie find out. 
   Jud takes Louis to the Pet Sematary, supposedly to bury Church, however, he leads Louis farther to an ancient burial ground once used by the Micmac Indians. 
   The next day, Louis is stunned when Church returns home alive, although he is notably more aggressive, scratching Ellie and violently ripping open a bird. 
   Louis confronts Jud who tells him that the burial ground behind the Pet Sematary is able to bring things back from the dead and is believed inhabited by a spirit known as the Wendigo. 
   A Wendigo is a mythical man-eating creature or evil spirit native to the northern forests of the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes Region of the United States and Canada. 
   The wendigo may appear as a monster with some characteristics of a human or as a spirit who has possessed a human being and made them become monstrous. 
   It is historically associated with murder, insatiable greed, and the cultural taboos against such behaviors.
But that cultural definition doesn’t mention anything about bad burial grounds.
Things just get worse for the Creed family as the movie goes on and though it deviates from the book and the previous film, it definitely drives the terror up a notch.
I really enjoyed the fact that the jump scares worked for me and the sheer creepiness in some scenes were totally unsettling. 
   Pet Sematary is rated R for horror violence, bloody images, and some language. 

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