Pet Sematary

With just two weeks until its release, ‘Pet Sematary’ has been given a rating by the MPAA, and it’s R, for “horror violence, bloody images, and some language.” That’s pretty standard for a horror flick, but because the genre appeals so heavily to teenagers, especially girls, some modern slashers tame things down for a PG-13 rating.  This isn’t one of them.

Directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, ‘Pet Sematary’ is adapted from the bestselling Stephen King novel.  Jason Clark, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence, John Lithgow, and Hugo and Lucas Lavoie star.

This is the film’s official synopsis:

Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, ‘Pet Sematary’ follows Dr. Louis Creed (Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

A second description was released, focusing on Rachel:

Thanks to a traumatic childhood involving the devastating illness of her sister Zelda (Alyssa Brooke Levine), Rachel Creed has a deep-seated aversion to the subject of death. Not only is she forced to confront her fears in the most vicious of ways when her husband Louis makes a fateful choice fueled by grief, but her own life may be on the line when her darkest nightmares become reality. It’s made worse with the realization that she’s alone in the chaos.

‘Pet Sematary’ premiered at the SXSW festival and has received excellent reviews, for the most part.  It currently has a 92% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but that is only based on 24 reviews, two of which were negative.  But from the sound of things, not only does this version live up to the 1989 adaptation, it seems to exceed it.

Rated-R, ‘Pet Sematary’ opens on April 5.