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Pet Sematary II (1992)

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A teenage boy and his father move to his recently-deceased mother's hometown, where they encounter the ancient Native American cemetery with the power to raise the dead.

Director:

Mary Lambert

Writer:

Richard Outten
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Furlong ... Jeff Matthews
Anthony Edwards ... Chase Matthews
Clancy Brown ... Gus Gilbert
Jared Rushton ... Clyde Parker
Darlanne Fluegel ... Renee Hallow
Jason McGuire ... Drew Gilbert
Sarah Trigger ... Marjorie Hargrove
Lisa Waltz ... Amanda Gilbert
Jim Peck ... Quentin Yolander
Len Hunt Len Hunt ... Director
Reid Binion Reid Binion ... Brad
David Ratajczak David Ratajczak ... Stevie
Lucius Houghton Lucius Houghton ... Puppeteer
Wilbur Fitzgerald ... First Assistant Director
Elizabeth Ziegler Elizabeth Ziegler ... Steadicam Operator
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Storyline

After seeing his divorced mother being electrocuted in a freakish film-set accident, thirteen-year-old, Jeff Matthews, and his father, Chase, move to his hometown of Ludlow, Maine, to make a fresh start. However, as Jeff struggles to leave the bad memories behind him, his only friend, Drew Gilbert, tells him about the ancient Indian burial site with the otherworldly reanimating powers, eager to test it on his dog, Zowie. Indeed, the myth is true; nevertheless, what would happen if Jeff buried his beloved mother's dead body in the graveyard's stony soil? Can the dead truly return from the grave? Written by Nick Riganas

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Back by popular demand. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence, and for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pet Sematary Two See more »

Filming Locations:

Coweta County, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,583,000, 30 August 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,092,453
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Zowie is at the vet's office because he has scratches from the rabbits on his nose and close to his eyes. To create the proper effect, the scratches were made with non-toxic makeup and a harmless dye, "eye blood", which is frequently used on actors, was used on the dog. See more »

Goofs

When Drew is bringing Zowie up to the burial grounds, Zowie looks gray and black instead of mostly white as seen in the previous scene. See more »

Quotes

Chase Matthews: [after he has shot Zowie the dog] What are you doing?
Gus Gilbert: Well, I WAS building a doggy door.
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Alternate Versions

There is a good-quality workprint circulating as a bootleg which contains all the graphic violence (including a more graphic shot of the drill scene) which was cut from the U.S. release to earn an "R" rating. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Exorcist II: The Heretic (2015) See more »

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Poison Heart
By Dee Dee Ramone and Daniel Rey
Performed by Ramones
Courtesy of Radioactive Records
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Not Nearly As Bad a Sequel As I Expected
15 May 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

The ancient Indian cemetery with the power to raise the dead returns and influences the lives of new residents.

I must say, good or bad, I am glad director Mary Lambert returned for the sequel. As the first was her creation, it seems only fitting to let her take the characters and concepts where she wants to go with them. Had another director handled it, the film could have lost any flavor of the original that might exist. (There is some similar tone and such, which I think keeps it a strong sequel.)

I love the young Edward Furlong (during his career peak) and Anthony Edwards with a beard. Great casting that keeps this film relevant even if it carried over pretty much nobody from the original. (I say "pretty much" because I think it has no one, but a minor character might have made it past me.)

The film as a whole has received negative reviews, but the fact is that the original really is not that great. Although a modern classic, and a pop culture gem, it is not actually a critically good film. So the sequel by horror standards is not bad -- it actually maintains the level of the original.


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