Pet Sematary – Filtered

Theatrical Release: April 21, 1989
DVD Release: September 19, 2000


The Creeds have just moved to a new house in the countryside. Their house is perfect, except for two things: the semi-trailers that roar past on the narrow road, and the mysterious cemetary in the woods behind the house. The Creed’s neighbours are reluctant to talk about the cemetary, and for good reason too.

Dove Review

The Creed family moves into a nice house in the country…the only oddity is the decades old “Pet Sematary” down a path behind their house. While the family is out on a picnic, the two year old son is hit and killed by a semi-truck. After the funeral, the dad decides to rebury his son in an ancient Indian burial ground in hopes that his son will come back to life and rejoin the family. The son does just that, but instead of returning as the sweet boy he was, he ends up killing the neighbor, and the mother is killed. The father takes charge and tries to stop his son before the situation magnifies.

This movie was definitely NOT a nice family film. I ended up watching the movie through my fingers so that the images were blurred and therefore I wouldn’t have to clearly see them. There were multiple scenes with blood and gore including a ghost walking around with an open head wound and the boy slicing a man’s Achilles tendon and mouth with a doctor’s scalpel. If you are into horror this would be a “good” one for you, but because of the content, Dove cannot give “Pet Sematary” its stamp of approval.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Husband and wife kiss.
Language: None
Violence: Man with severe head injury/open head wound, man with blood running out of his mouth, boy slices man’s Achilles’ tendon and mouth with a scalpel, woman hanging, dad injects cat and boy with lethal drug, dad sets son’s body on fire, woman stabs husband (don’t see it- only hear him scream)
Drugs: Smoking and drinking.
Nudity: None
Other: Ghost and the raising of the dead in the Indian Burial ground.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Stephen King
Director: Mary Lambert
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 103 min.
Reviewer: Sarah Bennor