Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary


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Reviewed by julian kennedy 5 / 10

Even the titular Pet Sematary itself couldn't bring this dead horse to life.

Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary: 5 out of 10: A behind the scenes look at the making of the film Pet Sematary with interviews thirty years later from the cast and crew and the locals where the film was made.

The Good: If your name or the name of a family member appear on the credits this will be a treat. If you live nearby the filming locations and drive past them on a daily basis or if your curious what the actors look like now and don't have access to Google this film is for you.

The Bad: Pet Semetry is one of my favorite books. Not just Stephen King books mind you but books overall. The movie is ... okay. For fans of the movie (and to a lesser extent the book), this film provides dozens of anecdotes and trivia about the filming. The kind of thing you hear at a panel discussion at a second-string Comic Convention. You know "So Gage was thirsty and the second unit director had to stop filming because he was too parched and everyone was scrambling for a water bottle and then Mary Sue remembered she had a water bottle in the cup holder of her Astovan and it turns out it that was the first year that they had put cup holders in those vans and she ran and got the water bottle and gave it to the AD which is what we call the Assistant Director who got it to Gage and the scene was saved."

The filming of Pet Sematary, from what I gather from the dozens of anecdotes of this film, was a fairly uneventful shoot. Everyone basically got along and some locals were hired as extras or to help build props and sets. There is no overall theme, people didn't realize they were making a film that would shake the foundations of our civilization and most tragically nothing terribly interesting (good or bad) happened.

Now a talented documentary filmmaker can squeeze excitement out of ordinary stories about ordinary lives but even Errol Morris would have trouble punching up this material.

The Ugly: Guess who doesn't have rights to show clips from the movie Pet Sematary? I hope you just saw the film or are some superfan who has every scene memorized cause that will come in handy when trying to make sense of many of the stories.

There is also (despite being in the credits) a lack of the man himself in the documentary. Stephen King is someone I imagine who could have punched this up with a story or two.

In Conclusion: If this was an extra on the Blu-ray release of Pet Sematary I would consider it an above average (if overlong) extra. As a stand-alone documentary, even the titular Pet Sematary itself couldn't bring this dead horse to life.

Reviewed by Monolight 4 / 10

Doesn't have a reason to exist.

Contains a handful of amusing stories and footage from the set but suffers from being somewhat disjointed, overly self congratulatory and just not that interesting. Also lacks context so if you haven't seen Pet Sematary in a while or don't remember it well, you'll be lost as to what scene people are talking about exactly and when it happens in the movie.

If you're a Pet Sematary mega fan and need to know how they chose the house to film in, this'll do OK(not great), otherwise - skip it.

Reviewed by AverageJoesDriveInPodcast 9 / 10

Excellent Documentary

I need to get this out of the way first thing. I may be really, really biased on my enjoyment of this. Most of Pet Sematary was shot less than 50 miles from where I live and I know many of those locations well.

The directors did a wonderful job creating a very well put together documentary. Their interviews with cast members and people involved with the film, coupled with revisiting of the locations were a fantastic insight into the behind the scenes of the film. I learned a ton about the film I didn't know.

You can tell this was a labor of love project from the filmmakers. It definitely shows. A must watch for fans of the movie, Stephen King fans, or people from the area in Maine.

My rating: 9/10

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