Film review: Pet Sematary is a King-sized letdown, says Rashid Irani – movie reviews – Hindustan Times

2021-1-11

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Rashid Irani

Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times

The characterisation is, without exception, one-dimensional; the performances, mediocre.
The characterisation is, without exception, one-dimensional; the performances, mediocre.

 
 
 
 

 

PET SEMATARY

  • Direction: Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer
  • Actors: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz
  • Rating: 1.5 / 5

Cinematic adaptations of the work of Stephen King have been a sort of Hollywood cottage industry ever since the 1976 smash hit chiller, Carrie.

Based on one of his most terrifying tales, Pet Sematary the film unfortunately squanders King’s spooky premise on derivative genre conventions such as cheap scare tactics, mind-numbing contrivances and an eardrum-splitting soundtrack.

The opening segment feels particularly strained. A young couple (Amy Seimetz-Jason Clarke) and their two children relocate from Boston to rural Maine. The family has barely unpacked their belongings when an unsettling series of events begins to unfold.

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