Pet Sematary Two
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|Pet Sematary II|
Theatrical Release Poster
|Directed by||Mary Lambert|
|Produced by||Ralph Singleton|
|Written by||Richard Outten|
|Music by||Mark Governor|
|Editing by||Tom Finan|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||100 min.|
Pet Sematary Two (1992) is a horror film directed by Mary Lambert. The screenplay was written by Richard Outten. It is the sequel to the 1989 film Pet Sematary. The film stars Edward Furlong, Anthony Edwards and Clancy Brown. Stephen King had no involvement in this sequel. Several passages quote scenes from other Stephen King movies ("Cujo", "Stand By Me", "The Shining" and "Maximum Overdrive" among others).
Following the accidental death of his mother, Renee (Darlanne Fluegel), during production of her latest movie, thirteen-year-old Jeff Matthews (Edward Furlong) and his father, Chase (Anthony Edwards), a veterinarian, move to Ludlow, Maine. Jeff soon learns about the Creed family and the cursed Indian burial ground. After his friend Drew's (Jason Mcguire) dog, Zowie, is shot by Drew's stepfather, Gus Gilbert (Clancy Brown), the town sheriff, Jeff and Drew bury Zowie at the burial ground in an attempt to bring him back to life. The dog returns from the dead, but is unusually fierce, and his eyes have an unnatural glow to them even in daylight. Zowie is treated for his gunshot wound by Chase, who finds that the wound is not healing and Zowie has no heartbeat. Chase sends a blood sample to a lab and learns that Zowie's cells have completely deteriorated and are no different from those of a dead canine.
Jeff and Drew go to the pet cemetery on Halloween for a night of horror stories about the Creed murders when Gus comes looking for Drew and punches him. Before Gus can hit his stepson with one of the gravemarkers, Zowie rushes out of the shadows and kills the abusive, overzealous sheriff with a bite to the jugular. The boys bury Gus in the burial ground. Gus returns to life, but now exhibits stiff movements and treats Drew more fairly, but remains mostly silent and in a zombie-like state. Soon, he becomes more crude and sadistic, such as when he raped Drew's mother, or when he brutally skins his pet rabbits for supper.
Zowie breaks out of the veterinary clinic and kills three cats before entering Chase's home and attacking him. Chase survives with an injured arm, but is shaken. The next day, Jeff gets into an encounter with the school bully, Clyde Parker (Jared Rushton), in a in a ditch. Jeff is about to have his nose cut off by the spokes of his own bike when Gus shows up. Gus orders Jeff to go home, then kills Clyde with his own motorcycle (his scarf gets caught and tangled in the moving rear-wheel, pulling his head and face into the spokes, tearing it apart) while Drew witnessed the whole killing.
Gus chases and traps Drew inside his house with Zowie, who has gone completely savage. Drew escapes through an upstairs window and gets in the car of his arriving mother. Gus chases them down the highway with his police car, killing them by forcing them to collide with a truck. Gus returns to Clyde's corpse with a police shovel and body bag, saying "I'm takin' you up the hill, Clyde, buddy. That's the way the Indians did it."
Later that night, Jeff becomes obsessed with the burial ground`s power and decides to reanimate his mother. He has Gus exhume her corpse, and meets him at the Indian burial ground to re-bury her. His father is told that his wife has been removed from her grave by Gus. Chase rushes to Gus' house and is attacked by Zowie but manages to kill the undead dog. He enters Gus' house only to find the dead man waiting for him. Shooting Gus in his chest has little effect on him, and just as Gus is about to kill Chase with an electric drill, Chase retrieves his gun and shoots Gus through the head, killing him.
Jeff's mother has come back to life. Renee stabs and kills Chase's housekeeper, Marjorie Hargrove (Sarah Trigger), in the attic. Jeff hears Marjorie`s screams and walks calmly up to the attic, meeting the undead Renee up there. Chase arrives home and finds Marjorie's body as well as his son embracing his undead wife. He is unmoved by Renee and tells Jeff to get away from her. Renee then asks Jeff to go downstairs so she and Chase can "talk". An undead Clyde then arrives armed with an ax, and fights Jeff. Chase gets knocked out by Clyde`s ax, and Renee locks everyone in the attic and sets the place on fire. Before Clyde can kill Jeff with an iceskate, Jeff defeats the undead bully by sticking a severed electrical cable in his mouth, causing his head to explode.
Jeff then grabs Clyde`s ax and chops down the attic door and grabs his unconscious father. As they escape, Renee tries to convince Jeff to stay by muttering, "I love you," but Jeff gets himself and his father out of the attic, leaving his mother to die in the flames. As Renee burns, she screams out "Dead is better!" (a line from the first film and novel)". Jeff and Chase move out of Ludlow to start a new life back in Los Angeles.
- Edward Furlong as Jeff Matthews
- Anthony Edwards as Chase Matthews
- Clancy Brown as Gus Gilbert
- Jared Rushton as Clyde Parker
- Jason McGuire as Drew Gilbert
- Darlanne Fluegel as Renee Hallow/Matthews
- Lisa Waltz as Amanda Gilbert
- Sarah Trigger as Marjorie Hargrove
The film debuted at No.3.
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- Pet Sematary Two at the Internet Movie Database
- Pet Sematary Two at Box Office Mojo
- Pet Sematary Two at Rotten Tomatoes