Alice Oscura, Featured Writer
Pet Sematary: Bloodlines serves as a prequel to 2019’s Pet Sematary and is set in 1969, 50 years before those film’s events. The original Pet Sematary was based upon author Stephen King’s 1983 supernatural horror novel of the same name and was previously adapted in 1989.
The plot focuses mainly on one of the original characters Judson “Jud” Crandall (Jackson White from Tell Me Lies) who we know as the old man that’s the neighbour of the Creed family in both the 1989 and 2019 films. The story delves deeper into the reasons behind the curse that’s taken root in the small town of Ludlow, Maine. The evil entity revealed was a Wendigo that reanimates the dead whenever their bodies are buried in the dirt of the cursed land. What comes back is not your loved one, but a mere puppet controlled by the evil Wendigo.
Released just six days into the spooky season, the film teases much potential but fails to deliver. While it may successfully manage to close some necessary gaps on the origin story the film’s lacklustre execution and failure to scare causes it to sink into a dark oblivion. Set around the era of the controversial Vietnam War the story loses the opportunity to create more friction during that tumultuous period of US history and explore the psyche of the American community at a time of paranoia and mistrust. There’s also the gross underdevelopment of the main characters in the story. They are seen on a handful of occasions having very cryptic conversations among themselves and not much else until the final moments of the film.
Needless to say, by the conclusion of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines you are more than likely going to feel absolutely nothing but boredom. Sometimes dead is indeed better and in this case Pet Sematary: Bloodlines was dead on arrival.
Dark Alice’s Score: 4 out of 10
Quick Trivia: Did you know that the misspelling of the word cemetery was intentional by author Stephen King? Apparently, children who created a real pet cemetery behind King’s house wrote “Pet Sematary” on the sign. The author chose to incorporate the incorrect spelling into the title for his 1983 novel.
And you can check out our reviews of other King adaptations below:
Dark Alice has an old soul and a curious mind. I believe that anyone can be a hero and that the good guys should always win! I dislike cruelty to animals and think that they have far superior qualities to humans. My motto is there is no future without the past. I also have a weird penchant for Paranormal TV shows even though the slightest sound makes me jump. I enjoy writing reviews and throwing in fun facts to pique the readers’ curiosity. My ultimate goal in life would be to become a published writer one day. Read More