Pet Sematary is, in my humble opinion, one of the best horror movies of all time. However, while sequel does not rival its predecessor it is still an excellent film. It is the typical example of movie studios throwing powder into the eyes of fans by scarifying the atmosphere of a movie for action and popular actors.
Since Pet Sematary is still a good movie, let us underline its qualities. Clancy Brown, who plays the role of the sheriff of the village, is excellent in his role, especially when he comes back from the dead. He is the first joking, impolite and bi-polar zombie that I have seen on screen. Sometimes he plays the hero, sometimes the villain, but always by killing. In fact, the movie revolves a lot around him.
The cliché where the hero arrives in a village where everyone knows what to do and what not to do is not too noticeable because this is a sequel but Jeff (Edward Furlong) still has to answer to a school bully. I never managed to guess the age of the characters that Edward Furlong personified but if he looks as young as he is (15-16 years old), the movie deserves a round of applause for letting adolescents die, rather than post-adolescents. Often enough, in horror movies where the heroes are still in the age of supposed innocence, they all survive: a fact that annoys me greatly. In this movie, Jeff’s friends and foes are both victims.
I greatly appreciated the final credits where a slideshow of portraits of each deceased character is shown over a cemetery background.