A famous celebrity
Renee Hallow (Darlanne Fluegel) gets
electrocuted to death during a failed
film shoot as her son named Jeff Matthews
(Edward Furlong) watched what happened
and is badly shaken by it all.
Him and his father Chase
(Anthony Edwards) move into a new home by
the Pet Semetary and is greeted by their
new housekeeper named Marjorie Hargrove
(Sarah Trigger) whom is a fan of Renee's
but Jeff doesn't seem to take a liking to
her thinking that she is moving in to
Jeff is badly bullied by kids at school
led by Clyde Parker (Jared Rushton) after
his Mom's death but meets up with a burly
kid named Drew Gilbert (Jason McGuire) as
he is troubled by his stepfather and
local sheriff named Gus (Clancy Brown)
whom abuses him and mocks his weight as
well as not getting enough of his mother
Amanda (Lisa Waltz) plus hating the dog
Well one day the dog was bothering the
rabbits Gus caged up for meals and shoots
the dog as Drew and Jeff bring the dead
dog to the Pet Semetary nearby but Drew
tells him about an indian burial ground
nearby and plans to resurrect his dog
which freaks Jeff out a bit.
After his dog is buried there the dog
returns but is not the same as on
Halloween night Drew and Jeff get
together with Clyde and his friends to
party out at the cemetary but Gus catches
them and beats up Drew and suddenly his
dog comes to the rescue and kills Gus.
Drew feels he has no choice but to take
Gus' corpse up to the burial ground so
his Mom won't know what had happened.
Gus seems more childish
after returning and more fun to be with
but is more brutal towards Amanda. He
will even kill people who do bad deeds
now which puts both Drew and Amanda in
Jeff is still disturbed
by the death of his mother and starts to
lose it as he gets Gus to help resurrect
her at the burial ground again while
Chase finds out the history of that place
after what happened to the family who
resided there before.
A perfect dark beginning with
the camera shots on a deep dark forest
and the full moon as well.
There's a real intense scene with
Renee Hallow getting ready to do a scene
shoot and gets electrocuted along with a
perfect close up shot on Jeff Matthews scream her name and crying
There's a great shot on a cat leaping
towards Jeff and then running
away as it almost makes you jump.
We also have a funny shot on a kitten
running into the hallway and then a dog
chasing after it.
There's also a disturbing moment with Jeff being tormented by Clyde Parker as he portrays a school
bully running off with his kitten as you
hope the kitten will be okay along with
great shots on them speeding away on
There's a good brawling scene between Jeff and Clyde too but of course this bully nearly beats the crap out of him.
This was well done that you feel like
going insane and killing this prick.
We have a nice scene with Jeff rescuing his kitten from a cage at the
Pet Semetary with Drew Gilbert approaching from behind him and a nice
friendly conversation between the two of them.
We have a good shot on Sheriff Gus Gilbert watching Amanda Gilbert as his wife
bending down to open an oven and then him
hitting on her which looks like a
realistic active couple.
There's a good nasty scene with Gus mocking Drew at the dinner
table on cutting back what he's eating
and then Drew himself acts sarcastic,
then a good threat by Gus towards him which truly makes the scene
We have a good lustful scene between Amanda and Gus and then a nice
aggressive act by him running out of
the house with his shotgun towards a dog.
There's a good sad moment between Drew grieving and holding his dog that is
dying which looked believeably emotional.
A great scene with Drew holding his dead dog with Jeff walking
to a Pet Sematary and then the creepy
long hill to the burial ground as this scene still gives it that chilling feel.
A good shot on the two walking
afterwards on the side of the road with Gus driving in his police vehicle next
to them and getting demanding with Clyde to get in.
We have a good shot on Renee at
the Pet Semetary and then Jeff falling down
later on realising it was a dumming along
with a good camera shot looking up on Clyde and his friends and mocking him.
A tense moment with Gus towards Amanda demanding to know
where his son is at as it does look like
he will hit her if she doesn't answer.
Great shot on the group of kids
fleeing after they spot Gus approaching the cemetary.
We have a great tense shot with Gus hitting Drew and then
grabbing a wooden crucifix and then a
good shot on the dead dog clenching it's
teeth and attacking Gus as it
almost draws a smile on your face for
doing a nasty deed.
A good appearance by Gus resurrected at his house sounding ghostly
asking his stepson for his keys and then
saying he found them with a ghostly grin
on his face and holding the keys.
A great sequence with Renee with a blue light shining on
her acting lustful towards Chase and then a great shot on the
dead dog attacking him in bed which makes
you wonder if it's a dream.
There's a good and crazy moment at a
dinner table with Gus acting
gross and crazy while eating potatoes.
We have great moment with Clyde knocking Jeff off the road
and then almost forcing his face towards
a spinning wheel of his bike. A perfect moment with Gus punching out Clyde and then
turning on his motorwheel bike towards
his face along with a good shot on him laughing.
A perfect shot on Gus breaking open a house door in a Shining type of fashion and then trying to attack Drew.
There's great shots on a vehicle chase
with Gus chasing after Drew and Amanda which looked very
A good silent moment with Jeff in an attic having his Mom's
dress ready acting disturbed and silent
and then Chase trying to talk
to him and Jeff telling him
he's going to resurrect his mother which
looked quite cold.
There's a great discussion between Jeff entering a house of a
he tells him about the Creed's and what
had happened as it looks terrifically and
Great shots between Jeff and Renee approaching one
another in the attic with cold devilish
A great dark looking battle
between Jeff and Gus in his house as well as Jeff himself against
a resurrected Clyde as there's
the odd humor in it too with the one
We have a nice shot on Renee with
her face melting and pleading Jeff to stay with her as you really feel like
Bottom line is that this film was
almost as disturbing and dark as the
first one. It shows different characters
but it was definetely based on the
original film with what was told in it. We also have some highschool bullies
which suits the film along with an
abusive stepfather to a dysfunctional
family which blends the plot well to turn
into a horror film. There's some elements of Night of
the Demons after the dead is
resurrected from the burial ground with
their actions along with some Freddy
Krueger humor from the Elm Street
sequels as it lightens the story a bit
after the first film. There's tons of shocks in the film
sometimes making it hard to watch as well
as great imaginative one's too. If you
like the first one then check this one
The acting is well
done like in the first one as this was Edward
Furlong's (Jeff Matthews) next successful film after
his debut performance in Terminator
2: Judgement Day. He shows great
intensity with his actions and nice
coldness quarter way through the film as
he made all of this convincing. Shows a nice exhausted expression on his
face in a certain scene for coming home late. A great spooked
reaction on him falling down.
Anthony Edwards (Chase Matthews) does well as his
sympathetic father with his actions and
understanding making him look like a
realistic fatherly type. There's a good stern attitude with him towards his onscreen son for
getting in late
Clancy Brown (Sheriff Gus Gilbert) played a great asshole
sheriff in the film with his nasty
actions and violent behavior like you
wouldn't want him in your everyday life.
He also does well with his evil humor
after being resurrected. He
was quite often typecast playing these
types of roles in shows and is excellent
with what he does. We have a nice menacing performance with him molesting his onscreen wife.
We have another nice performance by Jared
Rushton (Clyde Parker) as a school bully and was
convincing enough for you to want to hurt
him severly for his nasty deeds. Shows great blocking moments when he knocks someone over. Well
Darlanne Fluegel (Renee Hallow) was great with her
soft words as a ghost in the film and
really pulls it off well with her
We have a performance with burly young
actor Jason McGuire (Drew Gilbert) who pulls
his part off well as a dweeby troubled
youth following others in order not to
Sarah Trigger (Marjorie Hargrove) says her word
perfectly playing a friendly housekeeper
and shows a perfect bubbly attitude too.
Lisa Waltz (Amanda Gilbert) looked perfect as the
passive mother and remarried one to an
abusive sheriff as she really looked
disturbed about her dysfunctional family
and frightened emotions too.
There's a small role by Jim Peck
(Quentin Yolander) as a taxidermist but he really knew how
to act insane with his words about what
happened in the past.
There's a breast shot on
Fluegel while opening up her
blouse during a ghostly encounter with
her ex-husband in bed
Gus' neck is
chewed open by the evil dead dog
There are slaughtered kittens in a kennel
(I hate to say this folks but remember,
it's only a movie)
Gus slaughters a bunch of rabbits for
The dead dog took a chunk out of Chase
Matthews shoulder as well as a drill
through his shoulder
An eye is stabbed
Clyde's face is devoured after
resurrected and later on his head is
blown up after a fuse in his mouth
Renee's face is melting
There's perfect dark violin
sounds during the opening credits. We have perfect moaning sounds while
there is a burying scene at the burial
ground. There's also some good synthesizer music
mixed with some fast paced violin playing
and the odd guitar riff.
We have many songtracks
from some in your face rock music and
have a closing credits by the Ramone's with "Poison Heart". However,
it's nowhere as good as their theme song
from the first flick.
Clyde Parker: [holding
Jeff's cat] You ever seen a kitten
Jeff Matthews: Yeah.
Clyde Parker: No, I mean REALLY
run. Like this!
Gilbert: Come on
Clyde, just tell him where the cat is.
Clyde Parker: I all ready told
where the cat is, now SHUT UP DICK WAD...
What? You gonna sic big bad old Gus on
Gus Gilbert: Now I
thought we were going to tone down on
your flabby ass.
Drew Gilbert: Hey, I'm so sorry
I'm not the stud you are.
Gus Gilbert: Get
your ass out here Drew Gilbert, front and
Drew Gilbert: He is gonna kick my
Jeff Matthews: Drew,
I know your dog died, but get a grip,
man, you're freaking me out!
Gus Gilbert: No
Brain, no pain... think about it.
Clyde Parker: What
are you doing, man?
Gus Gilbert: I'm just fuckin' with
[zipping up Clyde's
corpse in a body bag]
Gus Gilbert: Takin' you up the
hill, Clyde-buddy. That's the way the
Indians did it.
Chase Matthews: [after
he has shot Zowie the dog] What are
Gus Gilbert: Well, I WAS building
a doggy door.
Renee Hallow: Jeff,
I love you. Stay with me, Dead Is BETTER!
DEAD IS BETTER! STAY WITH ME, OH GOD!