[Review] PET SEMATARY: BLOODLINES (2023, Paramount+) Great Cast and Premise, Lacks Emotional Punch

The Grue-Crew review PET SEMATARY: BLOODLINES (2023, Paramount+) on Gruesome Magazine episode 474. Jeff Mohr from Decades of Horror: The Classic Era, Crystal Cleveland, the Livin6Dead6irl from Decades of Horror: 1980s, award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore, lead news writer Dave Dreher, and Doc Rotten share their thoughts about this week’s frightening addition to streaming horror films.

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!


Synopsis: Unveiled through a made-for-TV documentary, five tales of found footage horror emerge to take viewers on a terrifying journey into the grim underbelly of the 1980s.

  • Available Streaming on Paramount+ beginning October 6, 2023
  • Directed by: Lindsey Anderson Beer
  • Written by: Lindsey Anderson Beer, Jeff Buhler
  • Based on the novel “Pet Sematary” by: Stephen King
  • Cast: Jackson White, Natalie Alyn Lind, Forrest Goodluck, Isabella LeBlanc, Henry Thomas, Jack Mulhern, David Duchovny, Samantha Mathis, and Pam Grier

Jackson White as Jud Crandall appearing in Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, streaming on Paramount+, 2023. Photo Cr: Philippe Bosse/Paramount Players


Doc Rotten
Editor-In-Chief / Founder / Podcast Producer at Horror News Radio
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.