UCLA Film & Television Archive Presents a Special Screening of “Pet Sematary” & “Pet Sematary II”

World Theatrical Premiere of New 4K Restoration!
30th Anniversary screening!

Pet Sematary (1989)

After his toddler Gage is killed in a tragic accident, grieving father Louis (Dale Midkiff) attempts the unspeakable after learning of the regenerative powers of the nearby woods. Initially a story that Stephen King refused to publish, believing for once he had gone “too far,” King and director May Lambert decided to shoot in Maine, where nature’s visual beauty inspired the autumnal, gripping aesthetic of the picture. Working with a screenplay adapted by the King of Horror himself (his first ever from one of his own books), Lambert and cinematographer Peter Stein (Friday the 13th Part 2) render this devastating tale with a distinct brand of emotional horror, laced throughout with the soul of classic fairy tales. As King himself said of the film in Cinefantastique magazine in 1991, “I think it does what horror movies are supposed to do. It’s an outlaw genre. It’s an outlaw picture.”

DCP, color, 102 min. Director: Mary Lambert. Screenwriter: Stephen King. Cast: Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist, Michael Lombard.

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Pet Sematary II (1992)

“What is the worst thing that could happen to a 12-year-old boy?” In a recent Los Angeles Times interview, director Mary Lambert claimed this question served as the her thesis statement for her follow-up to the well-received 1989 Stephen King adaptation. Lensed by Russell Carpenter (Titanic) and starring a fresh-from-Terminator 2: Judgement Day Edward Furlong, the most critically-lauded contribution to the film is Clancy Brown’s performance, which was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. Somewhat maligned upon its release, Pet Sematary II has since gained a massive cult following among Gen X-ers and metalheads who can’t get enough of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Traci Lords and L7-riddled soundtrack.

35mm, color, 103 min. Director: Mary Lambert. Screenwriter: Richard Outten. Cast: Edward Furlong, Anthony Edwards, Clancy Brown, Jared Rushton, Darlanne Fluegel.

In person: filmmaker Mary Lambert, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist, Miko Hughes, Dale Midkiff.


Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 11 PM PDT

Billy Wilder Theater

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Hosted by UCLA Film & Television Archive

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