I read Pet Sematary a long time ago as I love most of Steven King, and to be honest, the book scared the crap out of me (which believe me is rare); I saw the movie and although it was good also, the book made more of an impact on me.
Steven King sometimes draws out his novels a little too much for me; I like action right through without lots of "down time" and this book fit the bill. I won't waste your time by telling you what the story was about, as I am sure most of you are familiar with it, but I swear the book was so well written I couldn't put it down.
While the mom and 2 children are out of town, the family cat Church dies, and Dad doesn't want his daughter to know about it so he learns of the old Indian burial ground from his neighbor and decides to bury Church there hoping he will return. He does, but HE AIN'T RIGHT!
Not long after, the little boy gets run over by a truck in front of their eyes, which in the book is sooooo descriptive I actually cried. Of course, Dad, who I think is not too bright, goes to the cemetery, at night of course, to dig him up to rebury him in the Pet Sematary. Again, King is so danged descriptive: what the boy looked like in his coffin, etc. and this was the part that scared me while I was reading. It was quite a long part of the book, but was so interesting a nuclear bomb couldn't stop me from reading the rest.
He comes back alright - but he ain't right either; in fact, the little boy is quite evil. (This would explain why the wise Indians stopped using the burial ground years ago) - and the boy goes on a rampage in a sweet, innocent yet evil way. Again, the Mom and daughter were out of town while this is going on; Mom needs to go to her mother's house to finish her grieving from the loss of the son.
Mom realizes something is wrong, so she goes home only to find the horror that her dear sweet son has caused.
I got aggravated at some parts in the book, as well as the movie, because Dad, who is a Doctor, just is not too bright; but then again, he wanted his son back and would go to all costs to do it.
The movie was not as descriptive as the novel, and I preferred it. Even if you saw the movie, you may want to pick up a copy of the book anyhow just to see the chilling difference. It takes lots to scare me, especially a book, and this one surely did it. And if I learned one thing, it's that you leave the dead alone, dead is better, and do NOT fool around with Indian burial grounds; the Indians are more spiritual and wiser than all of us put together! Grab this book!!
The novel was much more descriptive and scary than the movie; a must have for those who like to stay up late at night and be terrorized!! Please see my complete review about the famous Steven King novel.
This psychological thriller is one of my favorites and few that make a decent movie pick as well. Kathy Bates certainly depicts the character King seeks to describe in his novel. The pages turn quickly and it is a fairly easy read. King does not disappoint.
I have been a long time reader of Mr. King and along with the book IT this is one that truly scared me. In my opinion it is King's scariest work. The thing I fell in love with the most was the depth and the psychology of the entire cast of characters. Read if you are a fan of the horror genre or just great novels in general.
I saw this movie 25 years ago, shortly after my father died, so I was in a emotionally shaky state. I didn't think I was easily shocked --- I'd seen the Exorcist!! -- but this movie was horrifying to me. To actually think about bringing your loved ones back was unimaginable. But to have them come back as monsters was shocking. I later read the book to see if I'd missed something in the movie. But I don't think I did! … more