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47 Things You Missed In Pet Sematary (1989)

47 Things You Missed In Pet Sematary (1989)


If you want to hear how the mythological monster
The Wendigo from the Pet Sematary novel was hidden throughout this movie, then stick around
to the end of this video. The opening of Mary Lambert’s 1989 adaptation
of Pet Sematary contains a montage of kids over the years laying their pets down to rest
in the Pet Sematary, and this scene contains a lot of easter eggs referencing some of the
pets memorialized in the Sematary in Stephen King’s novel. For example, we hear a young Jud saying goodbye
to his dog spot… “Spot. A good fellow. We love you.” And see the grave, which was carved by a Mr.
Judson Crandle. There are also grave markers for Hannah, who
is regarded as as “the best dog to that ever lived.” The book mentions that Hannah died in 1939,
making this one of the oldest readable grave markers. One of the more recent ones was Biffer, which
you can see right here. Smucky the Cat is another Pet that was mentioned
in the book, but Smucky was actually the real world cat that belonged to Stephen King’s
daughter Naomi, and the cat was struck down by a truck in Orrington, Maine. A short time after, King’s son Owen had
a close call with another truck on that road, and the incident served as the inspiration
for the novel. We’re introduced to the road in the movie
with a shot of a truck barreling over the camera, the low angle foreshadows the view
Gage might have had during his final moments. Another foreshadowing can be seen in the bumper
stick on Louis’s car, which reads, “Have you hugged your MD today?” which could be
a reference to the ending embrace between Louis and Zombie Rachel. So the Creed family moves into their new home
and their daughter Ellie finds the tire swing. As she swings she hears a creepy sound coming
from the forest path that leads to the Pet Sematary. If you haven’t read the book, this is easy
enough to chalk up to a moose or something else in the woods, but those familiar with
the novel may be reminded of the Wendigo, the Mic Mac legend said to be responsible
for souring the earth upon which Indian burial ground is located. In the book, the Wendigo’s power over the
town of Ludlow is talked about several times, and Louis comes face to face with the creature
when he takes Gage up to the burial ground. However, in this movie, the Wendigo is not
mentioned or seen, but it is teased at several more times throughout the film. Ellie’s tire swing falls, and as Louis and
Rachel tend to her, their son Gage wanders towards the road. Their new neighbor, Jud Crandall, scoops him
up and gets him to safety. The next day the family gets to unpacking,
and you can spot the toy Gage is playing with is actually a red truck, and he crashes it
into a box. You may also spot that Gage has a whole box
of toy trucks, which may explain why he’s always wandering towards the road, maybe he
just has a fascination with trucks. But that’s not the only thing that causes
the disaster to strike. The influence of the Wendigo also plays a
part, but we’ll get back to that in a little bit. As Rachel comes in with the groceries, we
meet the caretaker Missy Dandridge, who tells Rachel she was lucky to marry to doctor, and
that she wishes she had a doctor to help with her stomach pains. She also mentions she’s not married. In the book, Missy is married to man named
Roger, or possibly David — the name erroneously changes halfway through the book. Later that day Jud shows them the way to the
Pet Sematary. Louis carries Gage in the baby backpack, and
this would not be the first time that he carries his son up that path. Rachel is uncomfortable bringing the kids
to the sematary because of her aversion to death. In the background you can see the grave marker
for Marta the rabbit. These graves just goes to show the level of
detail put into the production design, and I thought I’d point them out because you
might not have picked them up while watching the movie. Before they leave, the call of the Wendigo
can be heard again in the woods. Cut to the real monster of this story… See Gage, this is why nobody saved you when
you went out in the road. Oh man, I’m going to hell. So Louis is leaving for his first day of work
at the University and his wife comes to say goodbye to him. I think there’s something up with the color
yellow foreshadowing death in this movie. Not only are Rachel and Gage wearing yellow,
but the flowers are yellow — the house is yellow and Church’s carrying case is yellow. So in this scene, everyone who dies in the
movie has yellow on them. Missy Dandridge’s sweater isn’t yellow
but she does have yellow flowers on her skirt, and the flowers later seen at her memorial
are in fact yellow. Another interesting note about this scene
is that Rachel repeatedly called Louis “Doc”, which makes sense because he’s a doctor,
but also a partial reference to Danny’s nickname in the The Shining. “How’d you like some ice cream Doc?” Another Stephen King reference can be spotted
in the next scene, where this University student, Victor Pascow, is brought into Louis’s care
after being hit by a truck. On the bulletin board, there is a poster warning
about rabies, in which a photo of Cujo, another Stephen King adaptation made in the 1980s
can be seen. This is more than just a fun reference though,
Jud actually explains in the book that rabies is an issue in Maine and even cites the events
of Cujo taking place a few years prior. So anyways, Louis is unable to save Pascow
because he’s basically DOA. Louis gets a big surprise when Pascow unexpectedly jumps
back to life and tells him, “the soil of a man’s heart is stonier.” This is a recurring line in the book, but
what does it actually mean? The full quote in the book is “The soil
of a man’s heart is stonier, Louis… A man grows what he can and he tends it.” Stony soil is known to be harder to grow anything
in than fertile soil. He’s telling Louis that the love he has
for his family cannot be easily replaced — that bringing their bodies back to life in the
burial ground does not mean they’d be the same people that Louis has grown to love. Pascow’s ghost comes back that night to
try to warn Louis to stay away from the Mic Mac burial ground, who are apparently having
a rave of some sort. Pascow tells Louis the reason that he wants
to help him. “I want to help you, cause, Louis, you tried
to help me.” OK, I can understand that line in the book,
but in the movie, he just takes one look at him and gives up. I mean he puts about as much effort into saving
Pascow as he does that one time he tried to rake the leaves. Speaking of the leaves, Thanksgiving gets
here, and the family goes to visit Rachel’s parents in Chicago, while Louis stays back
to work, when he gets a call from Jud. It’s about Ellie’s cat, Church, and he’s
fallen victim to the road. Jud takes him up to bury the cat, but instead
of stopping at the Pet Sematary, Louis ignore Pascow’s warnings and follows Jud to the
Mic Mac burial ground. A strange noise is heard nearby. “Jud! What’s that?” “Shh…” “Just a loon.” This is perhaps the closest we get to a direct
acknowledgement of The Wendigo, but there are a couple more references later on. When we get to the burial ground, an overhead
shot shows that it uses the same concentric circles layout as the Pet Sematary, but not
quite the same as the spiral layout described in the book. Louis buries Church, and to his dismay, Church
returns from the dead, only now with a much nastier attitude. Louis doesn’t care though, as long as he
doesn’t have to explain Church’s death to Ellie. He goes to meet them at the airpor– wait
a minute, did he pick these from his wife’s garden? Oh and also these are yellow flowers, meaning
someone’s about to die. And the winner is… it’s Missy Dandridge. Why? Why couldn’t she have married a doctor? Rachel stays home from the funeral with Gage,
still not able to overcome her fear of death because of what happened to her sister Zelda
when she was young. She totally misses out though, because Stephen
King makes a cameo appearance as the minister! Rachel finally opens up to Louis about how
her sister suffered from spinal meningitis, and the whole experience was extremely scarring
for her, right down the creepy painting in her parents’ house. If you thought your sister dying was hard
Rachel, ohhh just wait, because this truck driver can’t control his speed when he’s
blasting Sheena Is A Punk Rocker by The Ramones. The song choice is a little nod to the use
of Blitzkrieg Bop, the Ramones song that seems to be stuck in Louis’s head all throughout
the novel. He’s constantly thinking about the lyrics,
“Hey, ho, let’s go”, I think it’s a sign of the town manipulating him, because
the lyrics always seem to pop into his head when he’s thinking of digging up Gage to
move him to the Mic Mac grounds. This is because the Wendigo has the power
to put those thoughts into Louis’s head, because as long as he’s in Ludlow, as long
as he’s close enough to the cursed ground, he remains under its control. Remember how I said that Gage’s fascination
with trucks wasn’t the only thing that caused him to wander into the street? Well, during what I have come to call “the
scene”, as soon as Gage lets go of the kite a huge gust of wind blows it into the street,
and you can actually see items flying off the picnic table. This is no coincidence. It’s similar to how in the book the truck
driver says he wasn’t speeding, but gets the sudden urge to drive recklessly as soon
as he crosses over into Ludlow. Keeping up with the yellow motif, Gage Creed’s
final outfit is a pair of yellow overalls. Despite what I said I earlier, I actually
do feel bad for him now that I see that he’s a Cubs fan. Everyone type [F] in the comments to pay your
respects to Gage. Gage’s casket is decorated with yellow flowers,
and things go from worse to even more worse when Rachel’s father starts a fight with
Louis at the viewing ceremony. After the funeral, Jud realizes that Louis
may be getting the idea to put Gage up in the Mic Mac burial ground, so he tells him
a story that he withheld the first time they went up there, the story of Timmy Baterman,
a man who came back as a monster after being buried there. In the flashback, Timmy Baterman shouts the
phrase “love dead dislike living”, a reference to the horror classic, Bride of Frankenstein. “I love dead dislike living.” Louis sends his family ahead to Chicago once
again, claiming he needs to close some things up at work, but really plotting to dig up
Gage and attempt to revive him at the Mic Mac grounds. He goes to the cemetery where Gage rests in
broad daylight for some reason and Pascow appears to him, standing in front of a tomb
with the name Thomas C Farr. I almost wonder if the “see far” is a
reference to Ellie’s psychic abilities, like how she has the dream about Church dying,
and the dream about Louis dying even though she is across the country when these events
take place. Also, these flowers around Gage’s grave
completely change from shot to shot, leaving only… the yellow flowers. Ellie sees Pascow in her dream, and when Rachel
puts 2 and 2 together, she senses something is wrong and rushes for the first flight home
to get to Louis, but not before having another vision of her sister Zelda. “Gage and I will get you… For letting us die.” Meanwhile, Louis takes Gage’s body to the
area beyond the Pet Sematary. Listen to this laughter heard echoing through
the woods. Maybe that’s actually one of the loons that
Jud had mentioned, or it could also be a ghost of one of the Mic Mac tribesman. This is the point at which Louis comes face
to face with the Wendigo in the book. As I mentioned, the creature doesn’t appear
in the film, but not showing it is actually very unsettling, because if you are familiar
with the story, you kind of know that’s it’s just off screen during this scene,
and I find that kind of haunting. Rachel rents a car to transport her the final
stretch back home, but suddenly blows a tire when she gets close. Like the wind that blew the kite into the
road, I feel like this tire popping is no coincidence. She ironically hitches a ride with an Orinco
truck driver, however, she doesn’t realize that she’s on the road to her death, which
is reflected in the number 666 on the right side of the truck. The last Wendigo reference shows up in Jud
Crandall’s room. The Wendigo is described as being an extremely
tall bipedal creature with a stag’s head and antlers. The candleholder on Jud’s mantle takes this
form, and could represent the fact that the evil spirit is in this room right now, looking
at Jud, which it is, in the form of Gage, who has come back as a zombie, and also in
the form of Church, who distracts Jud before Gage finishes him off with his father’s
scalpel. Have you hugged your MD today? Rachel finally makes it home, but the sound
of Zelda’s voices sends her into Jud’s house instead of her own. “Rachel!” She goes up into Jud’s room, where she hallucinates
her son’s image to be that of Zelda. Then when she finally sees Gage for what he
is, she’s wearing the outfit from the creepy painting in her parents house, the place where
she watched her sister die. The outfit on Gage and the painting also matches
what Zelda wore on her deathbed. This is in line with the actions of the stories
of those who came back from the burial ground, like Timmy Baterman and Hanratty the Bull
from the book. The spirit that has taken over Gage’s body
knows the secrets of Rachel’s past and is using this costume to bring up the repressed
tournament of her childhood. She is unable to see past her son’s form
however, and she becomes his next victim. Louis wakes up the sound of Rachel’s screams. He comes down and sees the footprints, filling
him in on what has happened. Rachel’s father calls to make sure she made
it, and just like the lied to Ellie after Church’s death and told her that her cat
was fine, he lies and tells Mr. Goldman that Rachel is still asleep. Then he gets a call from Gage at Jud Crandall’s
house and realizes that he too has been possessed by the evil spirit. He knows what he must do. “Forgive me master. But I must go all out. Just this once.” “Today is Thanksgiving Day for cats.” “Play dead. BE DEAD!” So with everyone dead, that leaves us with
only two more Things You Missed remaining. Louis burns down Jud’s house, just as Jud
burned down the Baterman house to cleanse the evil all those years ago. But Louis is deranged at this point, and he
believes that if he takes his late wife to the burial ground right away she can still
come back normal. To pass the time waiting for her to get back,
he plays solitaire on the kitchen floor. When Rachel arrives, he has a Jack, and Queen
and a 2 flipped up, to represent those who died, Jud, Rachel and the two year old Gage. Unfortunately for the Doc, Rachel comes back
as a zombie, and the movie ends just before she stabs him in the back. Cue the end credits with an original song
by the Ramones as one final callback to the constant Ramones references in Stephen King’s
novel. This song is actually a certifiable bop — maybe
one of the last great Ramones songs actually. OK I was listening to that Ramones song, and
look what YouTube decided to autoplay. That is savagery. That is pure savagery YouTube. So that’s it for the Things You Missed in
the 1989 adaptation of Pet Sematary — however, for some reason, there’s a sequel (even
though the book does not have a sequel, like at all). And for some other reason, there’s a remake
coming out. I’ll be covering both of those movies here
on Things You Missed in the next couple weeks, so remember to subscribe to CZsWorld for new
horrors every week, ring that deathbell for notifications and I’ll see you in the next
one. Assuming we both survive.

Comments (74)

  1. NEW VIDEO: ? 29 Things You Missed In Pet Sematary 2: https://youtu.be/BgA0GaTEobQ

  2. What's with that anime thing in the last part? Gage is the most adorable zombie

  3. I saw this and was genuinely f*cked up when Gage was killed again and kept saying “It’s not fair” and “No fair, no fair”

  4. That ending anime montage this got you a subscriber xD

  5. Cz should do a video on christine & how different the book is from the movie. Btw I love the movie, always have since I was a kid , but the book is way more sinister. Sorry John carpenter.

  6. fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff poor kid

  7. The sequel to pet semetary is actually pretty good as far as sequels go. It stands on its own as a movie. The zombie cop stepdad is a role I will never forget.

  8. I wonder if Ellie has the shining.

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  10. what if the wendigos in Pet Sematary are really the same wendigos as in until dawn?

  11. Can’t pay respects I’m a pirates fan

  12. This was a really well done movie

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  14. I saw the weindgo in the background behind you

  15. 11:55. Fair play to this actor for smashing his eye right into the corner of the table , but still continuing with the the scene. Ouch.

  16. https://youtu.be/gJVZnbU7F4M

  17. fairly sure thats jsut mark hamil practicing his joker laugh

  18. in the book the driver hangs himself

  19. Church is so cute like look at him what a fuzzy little baby

  20. Very awesome ? video. You really went through the film's with a fine tooth comb. F for Gage.

  21. also judd crandall in this movie was also herman munster. also the new judd crandall is the head alien dick in 3rd rock from the sun

  22. The sister Zelda was the scariest parts of this movie to me.

  23. Judd started all the crap that happens, okay, so it's only appropriate that he gets killed first! ? #F? "No fair Gage."
    This channel is alright!?

  24. 6:50 #everything is yellow ?

  25. 13:30 I thinked Gage was 3 years old ?

  26. Does Lilly have a bit of shine in her?

  27. F, Gage was a good kid

  28. dead by daylight ruined wendigos for me i swear

  29. “Who are apparently having a rave of some sorts?!”

    music plays.

    Me: “..??”

  30. F F F F F F F F F F F F

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