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Pet Sematary (Paramount 1989, Fred Gwynne, Dale Midkiff)



In this horror film based on Stephen King’s popular novel, the Creed family moves to a quiet peaceful town in Maine. When their cat is run over by one of the multitude of trucks that constantly drive by their house, they bury it in the pet cemetery/Indian burial ground near their property. However according to the Creeds’ neighbor, Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne), anything buried there has a tendency to come back to life. And the cat does, but not exactly as it was before… When their two-year old son also falls victim to a passing truck, the bereaved father visits the cemetery again.

In Pet Sematary, the character of daughter Ellie Creed was actually played by two actresses, Blaze and Beau Berdahl. Young Gage Creed was played by only one actor, Miko Hughes, however his performance was assisted by a molded cast of his head operated by a team of puppeteers.

There was a lacklustre 1992 sequel and a 2019 remake.

production details
Dale Midkiff as Louis Creed
Fred Gwynne as Jud Crandall
Denise Crosby as Rachel Creed
Brad Greenquist as Victor Pascow
Michael Lombard as Irwin Goldman
Miko Hughes as Gage Creed
Blaze Berdahl as Ellie Creed
Susan Blommaert as Missy Dandridge
Mara Clark as Marcy Charlton
Kavi Raz as Steve Masterton
Mary Louise Wilson as Dory Goldman
Andrew Hubatsek as Zelda
Liz Davies as Girl at Infirmary
Kara Dalke as Candystriper
Matthew August Ferrell as Jud as a Child

Producer: Richard P. Rubinstein
Editors: Daniel Hanley, Michael Hill
Music: Elliot Goldenthal
Script: Stephen King
Art Direction: Dins W.W. Danielsen
Cinematographer Peter Stein

USA / Paramount / 103 minutes / 1989