Pet Sematary is one of the most disturbing stories Stephen King has written. Pet Sematary is not necessarily scary but creepy, gruesome, malevolence and psychologically disarranged.
Stephen King wrote about the book, “That lesson suggests that in the end, we can only find peace in our human lives by accepting the will of the universe. That may sound like corny, new-age crap, but the alternative looks to me like a darkness too awful for such mortal creatures as us to bear.”
I found the exploration of human grief and behaviour beautiful yet terrifying. We don't know how we are going to react to death and the slow insanity of a person is chilling. This book becomes psychologically terrifying because it lacks the idea of hope and is written around real life experiences.
It is an awful book that cannot not be read.
The remake film adaptation of Pet Sematary, although dramatically different from the book, opens the concept of "sometimes things are better left dead." creatively.
After finishing the film I was disappointed by the lack of psychological horror that I thought Stephen King had perfected.
The film felt too soft for a gruesome King story.
I thought the cinematography was temperamental. In certain scenes, the lighting was too dark to see what was going on in. It made it very hard to sympathise with the characters.
As a stand alone film I think it has potential for horror and to unsettle their audience but for a two hour long film, it felt rushed, overly dramatic and I was bored towards the end.
However, in some parts, the film did make me want to grab my pillow, as it portrayed intense scenes, gory visuals and sound effects skillfully.