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Pet Sematary Details


A doctor dabbles in magical resurrection with horrific consequences in this supernatural thriller adapted from the novel by Stephen King. When Dr. Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) and his family move from Chicago to an old farmhouse in rural Maine, their only concern is the busy highway that flanks their new home. Louis' family -- wife Rachel (Denise Crosby), daughter Ellie (Blaze Berdahl), and toddler Gage (Miko Hughes) -- soon meet kindly old duffer Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne), who introduces them all to the local attractions, including a pet cemetary built on the remains of a Native American burial ground. When Rachel and the kids head off to visit Louis' in-laws, Ellie's cat gets flattened by a truck. Jud counsels Louis to bury it in the old Indian portion of the cemetary; the next day, it returns from the dead, carrying with it the stink of the earth and a decidedly bad attitude. Shortly thereafter, Louis is tempted to use the cemetary's magical powers again when his son suffers a tragic accident. A snarling kitty, it turns out, is nothing compared to the horror of a little boy with no soul and a taste for scalpels. In addition to adapting his own novel for the screen, writer King appeared in a brief cameo as the minister presiding over Gage's funeral. Director Mary Lambert would return with Mary Lambert. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:April 21, 1989


Dale Midkiff
as Dr. Louis Creed
Fred Gwynne
as Jud Crandall
Denise Crosby
as Rachel Creed
Brad Greenquist
as Victor Pascow
Michael Lombard
as Irwin Goldman
Blaze Berdahl
as Ellie Creed
Miko Hughes
as Gage Creed
Susan Blommaert
as Missy Dandridge
Chuck Courtney
as Bill Baterman
Lisa Stathoplos
as Jud's Mother
Mara Clark
as Marcy Charlton
Andrew Hubatsek
as Zelda
Kara Dalke
as Candystriper
Peter T. Stader
as Timmy Baterman
Mary Louise Wilson
as Dory Goldman
Donnie Greene
as Orinco Driver
Richard Collier
as Young Jud
Liz Davies
as Girl at infirmary
Stephen King
as Minister
Lila Duffy
as Budget Clerk
Dorothy McCabe
as Seatmate
Elizabeth Ureneck
as Rachel as a Child
Kavi Raz
as Steve Masterton
Chuck Shaw
as Cop


Mary Lambert
Richard P. Rubinstein
Stephen King
Stephen King
Book Author
Elliot Goldenthal
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Z. Hanan
Production Designer
Dins Danielsen
Art Director
Mitchell Galin
Ralph S. Singleton
Associate Producer
Tim Zinnemann
Executive Producer
Kathe Klopp
Set Designer
Patricia Klawonn
Set Designer
Michael Reidy
Set Designer
Marlene Stewart
Costume Designer
Steve Maslow
Sound/Sound Designer
Pamela Basker
Fern Champion
Hiram Ortiz