Pet Sematary is already a known title. Adapted from Stephen King’s novel, a version was released in 1989 and now, 30 years later, a new, modernized and somewhat modified version arrives in theaters.
Focusing on the Creed family, the feature shows the new life that Louis (Jason Clarke), his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their children Ellie (Jeté Laurence) and Gage (Hugo and Lucas Lavoie) are trying to create. But the quiet life they were expecting is threatened when they discover that their new home was built around an Indian graveyard with the ability to return the dead to life.
With some announced changes to the original premise, Pet Sematary can be classified by a good terror. Using very tense scenes that manage to escape from impressionism and give the right amount of apprehension, the film really arrests the viewer and leads him to despair at certain times.
By today’s standards, where it all comes down to monsters with the same look, jump scares and loud noises, Pet Sematary shows a differential by focusing on the despair of death and the follies that mourning can lead someone to do. However, it does not entirely escape these elements, employing changes that refer to the aforementioned visual pattern of terror that are unnecessary in the plot and possibly would work much better if kept in a more realistic version, holding more of the psychological terror and less of the visual.
As the tension increases, the performances have to accompany it and this feat only the little Jeté Laurence can do. Taking the film in his back, she shows an incredible ability to act, which adults can not keep up with. Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz deliver a medium work throughout the production, maintaining the pace of tension, but not completely convincing in desperation.
With some caveats, Pet Sematary arrives as a good debut, even sinning for the exaggeration in some moments, passes the message that the book approaches and ends with a rather satisfactory outcome.