Opened: April 5, 2019
Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) and his family move to a new town. There, his daughter Ellie (Jeté Laurence) meets neighbor Jud Crandall (John Lithgow) who shows her the Pet Sematary. When Ellie’s cat dies, Jud shows Louis a special place beyond the Pet Sematary that will give new life to the dead.
While the film maintains a fantastic dark tone – the kids in the masks at the beginning are haunting long after the credits – there’s a lot of backstory cut out here. Because of this, you don’t feel the connection with Jud or the Creed family to truly care what happens to them.
Final say: Best leave it dead. ★★☆☆☆