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Pet Sematary (R)
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Caution: spoilers.

This is a 2019 remake of the 1989 Stephen King movie of the same name. I remember thinking, when I first saw the trailer, that this was going to be much better than the original movie. Though by the time I watched the new movie in 2023, I didn't remember anything specific about the trailer. (Including the fact that it spoils a major change from the original.) Well, now that I've watched it, I can say I liked it slightly more than I did the original, and that's mainly because of the changes. But I didn't like it as much more as I'd hoped I would.

A doctor named Louis Creed moves from Boston to Ludlow, Maine, with his wife Rachel, nearly 9-year-old daughter Ellie, toddler son Gage, and their cat, Church. Ellie befriends their new neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow). One day, Church is killed by a truck, and Jud goes with Louis to bury him in the pet cemetery (misspelled "sematary") that's on the Creeds' land. Hoping to spare Ellie the pain of losing her cat, Jud leads Louis to a spot beyond the pet cemetery to bury Church, but doesn't tell him why. Soon after that, Church reappears at their house, but he isn't as nice as he used to be. I don't want to spoil too much more, but when someone else dies, Louis buries them in the place Jud had taken him to bury Church. And that someone comes back... wrong. It isn't obvious at first just how wrong, but they become murderous. And... I guess that's all I'll say, except that I rather liked the unconventional ending.

In 2023, a prequel called "Pet Sematary: Bloodlines" was released on Paramount+

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