The other day, scrolling through the channels, my eye caught on Pet Sematary. I’ve been looking forward to the new film set to release in April, and had never seen the original and so decided to watch it. I have never read a Stephen King novel, though I have enjoyed several movies based on his works but I wouldn’t really say I’m a fan, and most of the time the films are entirely hit or miss.
This was a big miss. This movie is just not very good. The acting is terrible, especially from the lead, Dale Midkiff who taps out at a monotone early in the film. The pacing of the film is off as well with the opening of the film moving very slowly but with no tension building. Then there’s the plot, which feels clunky. The characters are really quick to believe things that are rather fantastical and are even quicker to take action based on those beliefs. There are also a lot of things in the film that just don’t age well. Some of the camera angles and editing choices, along with the music feel very dated. Though, the Ramones theme song provides some much needed humor as the credits roll at the end of the film.
The two good things from this film are the special effects makeup, which looks pretty gruesome, and the ghost/zombie Victor Pascow played very tongue-in-cheek by Brad Greenquist. His performance lightens the mood and his delivery of some pretty fun dialogue from a rather disturbing appearance is a nice combination of corny and creepy.