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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.


Mary Lambert


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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


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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Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

28 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pet Sematary Two See more »

Filming Locations:

Coweta County, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,583,000, 30 August 1992

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the original script, the bedroom rape scene was written to be longer and more graphic. See more »


Zowie's fur changes color several times after he returns from the Indian burial ground. See more »


Gus Gilbert: You bury your own.
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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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Pet Terminator 2
28 October 2017 | by FortressofdoorsSee all my reviews

I put off watching this movie for years because I just knew it was going to be bad, but my god, I didn't know it was going to be this bad.The original Pet Sematary was not perfect, but it was a decent adaption of Stephen King's book and for the most part I felt like they got it right. This frigging monstrosity was a train wreck from the beginning to end. They obviously decided to make this abomination (1992) coming off of the heels of success of Terminator 2 (1991) as it stars Edward Furlong and his other terrible acting buddy in T2, Jared Rushton. You know what, while it's fresh in my memory, everyone's acting in this movie was terrible. I'm sure the script wasn't much to work with but holy crap. I can only think to waste even more of my time by making useless points of a pointless movie, so it will contain spoilers.

-The mother's electrocution at the beginning. If you've ever seen anything about electrocution, no one dies in this fashion by jerking rapidly back and forth to the object they are being electrocuted by.So corny. -The hipster dad is no way convincing as the main character's real father -His friend only knows the pet cemetery as an old ghost story, and yet he later magically knows that where the old burial ground is and how the ritual is supposed to be carried out. -When the stepfather unrealistically loses his cool and shoots the dog, they take the dog to the old Micmac burial ground to bury it.They somehow effortlessly dig a grave in minutes, when in the original, the ground was so hard it took the doc all evening to dig a grave for Gauge. - The dog comes back from the dead, but it's just like the same dog as before, just dirtier. Sometimes it growls. -The dog attacks the stepfather at the Halloween party and instantly kills him with one bite to the neck. -The two kids somehow drag the stepfather's dead weight lifeless 250 pound body all the way to the Micmac burial ground. When the stepfather comes back to life, he's like the same guy, just not grouchy. Pretty cool to be undead huh? Oh, and apparently still goes to work too. Sometimes he acts goofy. -The dad has a sex dream about his dead wife.....wearing a bad dog mask. Sheesh. -The undead sheriff for some reason digs Edward Furlong's characters mother up and totes her up to the Micmac burial ground to be buried, complete with headstone and flowers. Quite a feat. Wouldn't she have been buried back in California where she died at the beginning? -The entire scene back at the undead sheriff's house. Just...what? -The mother finally returns from the dead, and lo and behold, she looks like she just stepped out of the salon. Not a bad looker for being dead for months. -Edward Furlong gets in a fight with the undead bully (who is somehow more undead that anyone else has been so far) and defeats him by sticking a live power line in it's mouth while not getting electrocuted himself. -Some other ridiculous things happen and she decides to catch the house on fire for some reason. Father and son escape while mom decides to stand in the middle of the fire and melt (yes melt) like a bad wax figure. She has time to burn all the way to a skeleton, but the room still remains partially burning.

Why am I writing all of this? I have no idea.I guess it was just such a bad movie and an insult to the original that I couldn't help myself. How someone could consider this a good, or even OK movie just blows my mind. Yes, it is that bad.

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