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Pet Sematary and Pet Sematary II

August 3, 2019 @ 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present

Pet Sematary (1989)
Directed by Mary Lambert

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.”

Director: Mary Lambert Screenwriter: Stephen King Cast: Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist, Michael Lombard

DCP, color, 102 min.

Followed by:

Pet Sematary II (1992)
Directed by Mary Lambert

“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.

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

35mm, color, 103 min.

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

FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.

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August 3, 2019
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States