PET SEMATARY (1989) – Episode 223 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“Louis, sometimes dead is better. The Indians knew that. They stopped using that burial ground when the ground went sour.” You know who wrote those words. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they brave the Micmac burial ground beyond the deadfall past the pet cemetery in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary (1989).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 223 – Pet Sematary (1989)

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After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.

By the end of the Eighties, a Stephen King feature film adaptation was practically a given. On this episode of Decades of Horror 1980s, the Grue-Crew dive into a fan-favorite, Pet Sematary (1989). The cast includes Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, and Miko Hughes as Gage. Guard your ankles! With Stephen King handling the scripting chores himself, Mary Lambert directs this box office hit for Paramount Pictures with a budget of $11.5M, bringing in $89.5M. 

Be sure to revisit the first time an 80s Grue-Crew (Thomas Mariani, Christopher G. Moore, Dave Dreher, and Adam Thomas) covered this film here: Pet Sematary (1989) – Episode 115

If you’re in the mood for some proof that, “sometimes, dead is better,” Pet Sematary is currently streaming from Paramount+, Prime Video, and Epix, as well as several PPV sources. In terms of physical media, the movie is available in Blu-ray and 4K UHD formats from Paramount.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Chad, will be A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987). Are you ready for prime time?

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk.

Jeff has written for Horrornews.net and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.