Friday, April 6, 2012

Pet Sematary 2 (1992)

Remember Edward Furlong?  What happened to him?  Looks like he's been in some horror lately, including the Night of the Demons remake, so I'm not sure how I've missed him.  Pet Sematary was a movie and book that both freaked me out, so the sequel's gotta be awesome, right?  Please imagine this statement laced with sarcasm. 

OMG so many cute animals in this movie!!  Kittens!  Bunnies!  Husky-esque mutts!  The premise?  Jeff's (Edward Furlong) mother Renee, an actress, dies in a freak accident on set.  His father, veterinarian Chase (Anthony Edwards) takes him from LA to live in Maine, right near where all went awry in Pet Sematary.   They move into a house with a built-in vet's office where they find some cute little abandoned kittens.  In the meantime, local boy Drew (Jason McGuire) brings in his dog to be examined.  It's obvious that his stepfather Gus (Clancy Brown) is a huge douchebag who will prove to be more so as the movie progresses. 

The other kids at school don't take kindly to Jeff, and are mean to him, even stealing his kitten :(  However, Jeff befriends Drew, and helps him bury his dog Zowie when his asshole stepdad shoots it.  Of course, they don't bury Zowie in the regular Pet Sematary, but in the one that brings everything back to life, either evil or stupid.  Let's guess how the dog turned out. 

After Gus the douche interrupts the boys' Halloween party, Drew's dog attacks Gus.  Panicked, the boys bury him in the Indian burial ground in order to avoid trouble and blame.  Gus returns, first stupid, but then evil.  Chase starts catching on to the mysteries of the Pet Sematary, while Jeff becomes obsessed with bringing his mother back to life.  Although Edward Furlong's acting is pretty meh through most of the movie, he does a 180 and goes total creepshow in the last 20 minutes.

This movie has a lot of corniness in it, from the random music to the lame dream sequences.  Stephen King sequels generally have a curse of being really horrible, and this one is pretty much no exception.  The original Pet Sematary is a pretty cool movie, and they should have just left it at that.  The repeating of the first movie's line, "sometimes dead is better" is totally ineffective and dorky.  The end of this movie hinted at another sequel, which thankfully stayed buried. 


Hey! Look Behind You! said...

I had the biggest crush on Eddie Furlong...till he turned out to be a weirdo. *Sigh* I still think he's super hot in this movie though :)

The Scream Queen said...

@Hey! Look Behind You!: Oh, I'm sure he graced my locker at some point, but much like his partner in 90s hotness, Brad Renfro, it only went downhill from there :(