Stephen King classic remake 'Pet Sematary' available through rental outlets

Paramount Pictures

Jeté Laurence in “Pet Sematary.”

Thirty years after the first film version of “Pet Sematary” was released to theaters, a remake of the same film based on Stephen King’s novel has been released to rental outlets.

Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, the film follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke, “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Everest”), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz, “Sun Don’t Shine” and “Upstream Color”) 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, according to the film’s production company.

When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow, “Harry and the Hendersons” and “3rd Rock From the Sun”), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

Jete Laurence (“The Snowman” and “Gotham”) is the young actress who plays the couple’s daughter Ellie.

The original 1989 version of the film didn’t get great reviews, with a critic score of 52 percent and an audience score of a 59 percent on the movie review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.

But the audience score for the film released this year didn’t seem to impress more than the original with a slightly higher critic score of 57 percent but a much lower audience score of 37 percent

Of the 2019 release, Top Critic Olly Richards with “Time Out” said, “Directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer make the tone just a little cheesy, as the premise deserves, but not overripe. The scares are easy — sometimes literally a cat jumping from the shadows — but cleanly done.”

On the other hand, Top Critic Chandler Levack with “Globe and Mail” said, “Hidden within the deep recesses of Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmye’s not-that-scary movie is a really compelling film about death, unfortunately they’re tasked with a bland, way too literal script to be able to make it.”

Directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, the film is rated R for horror violence, bloody images and some language.

Other films released to rental outlets this week include:

n “Little,” directed by Tina Gordon Chism and staring Regina Hall, Issa Rae Marsai Martin and Tone Bell. The film tells the story of a woman who-when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear-gets the chance to relive the carefree life of her younger self.

This film is rated PG-13 for some suggestive content.

n “The Professor,” directed by Wayne Roberts and staring Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch, Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt. Richard (Depp) is a buttoned-down college lecturer who, after learning he has six months to live, transforms into a rebellious party animal. To the shock of his wife and school chancellor, and the delight of his students, Richard leads a hilarious crusade against authority and hypocrisy in this dark comedy.

The film is rated R for language, sexual content and some drug use.

The synopsis of each movie is taken from rottentomatoes.com.

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