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Pet Sematary: Bloodlines

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Gory horror prequel has violence, language, drugs.

Movie R 2023 87 minutes
Pet Sematary: Bloodlines movie poster:  Man with skeleton of animal on his face

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This is an unremarkable and unnecessary prequel. Pet Sematary: Bloodlines sets the action in 1969 amidst a backdrop of restless youth trying to escape their rural Maine hometown only to find that their hometown and its sinister past have other plans. It more or less sticks to a tried-and-true formula of both horror movie cliches of jump scares and undead prone to really loud cracking of their necks as they turn their head from side to side upon every entrance into a scene, and the ‘60s cliches of obligatory CCR songs, muscle cars, and bitter rednecks who don't take too kindly to longhairs joining the Peace Corps.

The acting is mostly flat, and the attempts to convey the depths of the relationships to the main characters tend to come through in very brief flashback scenes of young teens sneaking beers in a basement. As movies based on or inspired by the worlds and characters depicted in Stephen King's vast bibliography, it's by no means the worst, but it's also nowhere near the best.

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