I saw Pet Sematary last night and it was okay as far as modern, well produced, well acted and directed horror movies go – with it’s share of disturbing CGI imagery.
It is watchable if you’re a fan of stylised visuals as I am and a good story, which this definitely has coming from the King of scary stories: Stephen King.
This is the second movie adaptation of the book. I don’t recall seeing the first and may have to hunt that down so won’t compare the two, but as is often the case with horror films made in the 70s and 80s that one may have more of the classic qualities you’re looking for. This remake for my taste is more a demonstration in modern horror film techniques than a cult classic.
There is a focus on CGI gore with some unpleasant concepts from the book – I’m not sure, rather than something you might remember as a classic scene. But the story is of course very good so good you might feel compelled to make a quick cuppa if you find some scenes unnecessarily nasty.
Not to belittle this movie, the production and performances were all very good, but what I liked most was the RAMONES cover song in the end credits by LA punk rockers Starcrawler.
Sure, this is for younger generations and for my taste is as good as anything from the classic punk rock era with a tasteful ‘thank you’ to the 90s grunge scene.
Starcrawler have a well produced LA grunge punk sound that I really like. They’re playing a venue in London this June so I may be tempted to drag my self down there. I know the venue pretty well, having worked around there, and always has an impressive turnout of people coming from far and wide for this kind of thing so I guess I won’t be the only old soul there.