I am a huge Stephen King fan and it is no secret, form his books to his films I like them all. That includes both versions of this story and I also think this is one of the best King film adaptations. This has been a favorite of mine ever since it was first released, ah the good old days. The cast is great and the over all look and feel of the film is wonderful. I usually watch this at least once a year, although it has been a while since I have seen part two. And yes it is spelled wrong in the title because that is how the kids spelt it in the story.
The Creed family has just moved into a house in Maine and lives across from a new neighbor named Jud. Jud befriends the new family and tells them of a local pet cemetery where that the kids created for lost pets [obviously]. Things are going well until the kid's cat named Winston Churchill or Church gets run over by a truck. So Louis Creed [the father] takes the cat to the cemetery and buries Church there. The cat returns but is much more a demon than a loving companion pet.
Not to long after that Louis's son is killed the same way the cat was. Not to long after that Louis does what he did with the cat, buries him in that pet cemetery. He does this in the hopes that the child will come back. Come back he does as he behaves just like the cat, he is back to kill. What will the family do and how will they deal with this, well check out the flick or read the book.
Director Mary Lambert did a great job with this film in my opinion. It moves at the perfect pace for this type of film, never to fast or slow. Of course she had Mr. King himself as the screen writer so that probably helped out a lot. Still the atmosphere and dread in this film is what gets me every time. It feels like a classic horror film from start to finish. The mood of the film is great as are the performances; every thing about this film is great to me.
Fred Gwynne is excellent here and could very well be the show stealer, his performance and character here is so legendary. His character here has appeared on various "South Park" episodes, classic every time. David Midkiff is good here as well as the father tortured by his son's death. His wife is played by Denise Crosby and she as well is another all star player here. The kids are great here as well which goes to show what kind of a cast they had here.
I know some people don't love this film and that is fine. Me, myself, and I though have always loved this flick. I need to rewatch the second film again but that will be for a later date. The special edition has a great commentary track from the director as well as some great behind the scenes features and such. So I say check this out if you have yet to, and even if you have pick up the special edition.
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