Pet Sematary Two

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Pet Sematary Two
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Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Mary Lambert
Produced by Ralph Singleton
Written by Richard Outten
Starring Edward Furlong
Anthony Edwards
Clancy Brown
Jared Rushton
Darlanne Fluegel
Jason McGuire
Lisa Waltz
Music by Mark Governor
Cinematography Russell Carpenter
Edited by Tom Finan
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • August 28, 1992 (1992-08-28)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8 million[citation needed]
Box office $17.1 million[1]

Pet Sematary Two is a 1992 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.


Following the accidental death of his mother, Renee, during production of her latest film, thirteen-year-old Jeff Matthews and his father, Chase, a veterinarian, move to Ludlow, Maine. Jeff learns about the Creed family and the cursed Indian burial ground. His friend Drew's dog, Zowie, is shot by Drew's stepfather, Gus Gilbert, 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. Gus grounds Drew because he thinks he was lying when he said he only missed school because he was burying Zowie. 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 him 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; he rapes Drew's mother and 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 encounters the school bully, Clyde Parker in a ditch. Clyde is about to cut off Jeff's nose with the spokes of his own bike when Gus arrives. Gus orders Jeff to go home, then kills Clyde with his motorcycle. Drew witnesses the killing.

Gus traps Drew inside his house with Zowie, who has gone savage. Drew escapes through a 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."

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 burial ground. His father is told that his wife has been removed from her grave by Gus. Chase rushes to Gus's house and is attacked by Zowie but manages to shoot and kill the undead dog. He enters Gus's house but finds the undead man waiting for him. Shooting Gus in his chest has little effect on him. 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 Renee has come back to life. She stabs and kills Chase's housekeeper, Marjorie Hargrove, 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 tries to warn Jeff to get away from her. Renee then asks Jeff to go downstairs so she and Chase can "talk". An undead Clyde arrives armed with an ax and fights Jeff. Chase is knocked out, and Renee locks everyone in the attic and sets the place on fire.

Before Clyde can kill him with an ice-skate, Jeff kills Clyde with a severed insulated cable, then uses his axe to chop down the attic door and grabs his unconscious father. Renee tries convincing Jeff to stay by muttering, "I love you", but Jeff ignores her cries and pleas then leaves his mother to die in the flames. As Renee burns and melts, she screams out "Dead is better!" The next morning, Jeff and Chase leave Ludlow to start a new life in Los Angeles.



The film debuted at number three.[2] Paramount Home Video released it on VHS in April 1993,[3] and on DVD in September 2001.[4]


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 26% of 19 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 3.8/10.[5] Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote that the film "is much better at special effects than at creating characters or telling a coherent story".[6] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "Not nearly as scary as the 1989 original, it nonetheless expresses and attempts to resolve in bold mythological terms the anxieties of being 13."[7] Variety wrote, "Pet Sematary Two is about 50% better than its predecessor, which is to say it's not very good at all."[8] Richard Harrington of The Washington Post likened it to "an elongated Tales from the Crypt" episode and criticized the script as a rehash of the original.[9] Jay Carr of The Boston Globe called it "better entertainment than the first Pet Sematary" but more of a remake than a sequel.[10] Patrick Naugle of DVD Verdict wrote, "Everything about Pet Sematary Two stinks like the dead."[11]


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  2. ^ "Weekend Box Office : 'Honeymoon' Is Unforgiving". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  3. ^ Hunt, Dennis (1993-04-23). "Gay Theme Not Lost in 'Cranes' Marketing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  4. ^ "What's Happening This Week". Locus. 2001-09-24. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  5. ^ "Pet Sematary Two (1992)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Review/Film; Freudian Horror and a Dead Dog". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  7. ^ "MOVIE REVIEW : 'Pet Sematary II' Rife With Teen Trauma". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  8. ^ "Review: 'Pet Sematary Two'". Variety. 1992. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  9. ^ Harrington, Richard (1992-08-31). "'Pet Sematary Two' (R)". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  10. ^ Carr, Jay (1992-08-28). "`Pet Sematary Two': This sequel buries the original". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2015-02-08 – via Highbeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ Naugle, Patrick (2001-09-25). "Pet Sematary Two". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 

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