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Pet Sematary Two

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Feb 25, 2020
Pet Sematary Two

The most apparent thing one notices immediately in this sequel is the drastic shift in tone from its predecessor. "Pet Sematary Two" came out a mere three years after the successful first film in 1989, and the comedic feel of the followup seems unwarranted and odd. And this horror fan didn't even know part two existed! Funnily enough, the general public didn't care much for it either in 1992, but here it is anyway from Shout Factory in a Collector's Edition.

Stephen King didn't give his stamp of approval on "Pet Sematary Two," as he did for the original. The sequel is chock-full of sight gags, over-the-top acting, and out of place death sequences. As a stand-alone film, it would've worked much better than a "Pet Sematary" followup.

There are also very minor references to the Creed family from part one, and in "Pet Sematary Two," young actor Edward Furlong broods for the camera and gets bullied by his classmates often in his role as Jeff. After moving to Ludlow, Maine following the death of his scream-queen actress mother, Jeff and his Dad (Anthony Edwards) discover the dreaded Pet Sematary of the film's title.

Instead of a dead cat being resurrected, it's a large dog in the sequel. Hello, Cujo?

But that's not all. Jeff decides to dig up his dead mother and make her come back to life.

Cult actor Clancy Brown outshines everyone in the film while playing an evil stepdad, a role the actor relished and played as hammily as possible. Brown talks about the sequel and his career in general, in one of five interview segments on Shout Factory's Blu-ray.

Edward Furlong sits down for a brief chat too but doesn't mention any of the troubles he had in the past.

Heaping the most praise for the sequel (and for his fellow actors) is Jason McGuire, who plays Drew. McGuire discusses his reasons for giving up acting at a young age and why he loves "Pet Sematary Two" so much.

Director Mary Lambert does an audio commentary and comments on various items, from why she chose to direct both the original film and its sequel, to why the tone change in part two was sorely needed.

"Pet Sematary Two"

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.


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