Pet Sematary tells the story of Dr Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, who relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbour Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.
What is the Pet Sematary age rating?
Pet Sematary has a rating of 15 as designated by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
A 15 rating means no one younger than 15 may see a 15 film in a cinema.
The BBFC cites strong bloody violence, gore, and threat as the reasons behind its 15 rating.
Given the movie is a horror film, the aforementioned categories make sense.
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The violence described includes: “a close-up image of a man’s Achilles tendon being slashed with a blade, resulting in a spurt of blood and brief strong wound detail.
“Further bloody violence includes sequences in which people are stabbed or impaled.”
There is also a category injury detail, which means there is strong, gory wound detail, including shredded, bleeding flesh and exposed bone and brain, when a man is treated in hospital after an off-screen traffic accident.
The BBFC adds: “There are prolonged scenes of strong supernatural threat and occasional ‘jump scare’ moments.
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“These scenes include ones in which people are attacked and killed by an undead child, as well as others in which characters experience disturbing visions.”
“A child is killed in a traffic accident, without graphic visual detail, resulting in scenes of bereavement.”
For a 15 rated film, there is understandably use of some strong language like f**k.
There is a brief allusion to sex, in a scene in which a clothed couple are briefly shown grinding against one another in bed.
The BBFC also writes: “other issues include sight of the bloodied body of a cat after it is killed off-screen.”
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Pet Sematary is based on Stephen King’s 1983 novel of the same name.
There was also a 1983 film adaptation directed by Mary Lambert.
The 2019 adaptation was directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer.
Pet Sematary stars John Lithgow, Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence, Maria Herrera, and Alyssa Brooke Levine.
Pet Sematary premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival on March 16, 2019.
Pet Sematary is out in UK cinemas on April 4, 2019.