The Fear of God: Pet Sematary

26 Apr

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Stephen King’s classic novel Pet Sematary.

One Response to “The Fear of God: Pet Sematary”

  1. FictionIsntReal May 3, 2019 at 7:19 am #

    I watched the remake first, without reading the novel or seeing the first adaptation, or even seeing any of the marketing material. So I think I can say that it’s not “dependent” on the original to work as a film, as I enjoyed it more than the 89 version. I agree with Nathan that the characters actions don’t make sense if they already know that the result of reviving the dead is ALWAYS evil. The production benefit of using an older child actor obviously works better than having to keep a very small child offscreen making creepy noises and looking goofy as he descends from an attic. But it also means we get a scene where the revived Ellie indicates that far from being grateful for her revival, her condition is abhorrent (perhaps like a serious version of Return of the Living Dead zombies talking about eating brains to relieve “the terrible pain of being dead”) and her threat to do the same thing to Louis out of spite is horrifying. Rachel doesn’t get to be a quasi-protagonist in the remake (not that her actions come to much in the original), but it makes more sense for her to feel guilty for choosing to use the dumbwaiter rather than just bringing her sister food personally. The one aspect in which the 89 version is better is that Fred Gwynne uses a Maine accent, whereas John Lithgow just sounded like he normally does.

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