Pet Sematary II

Pet Sematary II ★★★★

If I'm being honest, I actually liked Pet Sematary Two more than the original. The deaths here have more dramatic weight, and it feels more believable that teenagers would pass around the Indian burial ground information like a ghost story than it does for Fred Gwynne (as fantastic as he is) to be a walking, aggressive exposition machine. Lambert streamlines her style, and is aided by a script that feels a bit less choppy (probably because it's not condensing an existing novel into a screenplay), as well as a fantastic cast (Clancy Brown is especially delightful). Bonus hat tips to the little touches, like Brown recalling Nicholson in The Shining, the use of a reanimated dog instead of a cat, and the twist on the line "sometimes dead is better."

The only bum note is a brief but entirely unnecessary rape scene that seems to have no notable effect on the victim in question and which is never mentioned again.