PET GRAVEYARD (2019) Reviews and overview

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‘The space between life and death… can kill

Pet Graveyard is a 2019 British supernatural horror feature film co-produced and directed by Rebecca Matthews (producer of Mother Krampus) from a screenplay written by Suzy Spade. Scott Jeffrey (ClownDollThe Bad Nun; Unhinged; Fox Trap) also co-produced and served as editor. Jeff Miller (DollsThe Toybox; Ouija House) was the executive producer.

The Proportion Productions-Millman Productions movie stars Rita Siddiqui, Andrew Hollingworth, Claire-Maria Fox and Heronimo Sehmi.

Plot:

A group of friends is tormented by the Grim Reaper and his sinister pet after they undergo an experiment that allows them to revisit the dead…

Pet Graveyard is scheduled for release on DVD and digital on April 2, 2019, by Uncork’d Entertainment.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The movie is good in concept but basic in execution, it feels like a long episode of a TV show. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it just leans a bit too far on the PG-13 thriller side for my personal taste. Overall, Pet Graveyard is like a mashup of Insidious (once dead, the protagonists basically walk around The Further) and Flatliners. Oddly, it has no similarities with Pet Sematary.” All Horror

“The story pacing goes from methodical during the set-up to oddly rushed once it comes time for death to come calling. The senses of dread and urgency often felt muted when they were needed most. And the means by which death itself can be defeated is downright silly. I just wish the movie as a whole had committed to being either eerier or sillier.” Brainwaves

” …the movie can be critiqued using generic comments applicable to any number of interchangeably forgettable films in the DTV horror space. A pointless prologue. Amateur actors you’ve never seen before and will never see again. Handheld camerawork that’s often too dark or too bright because the production didn’t have the requisite time, money, or effort to light properly.” Culture Crypt

“The script has a solid enough outline to tell a complete story, but the dialogue and acting leave you wanting more. The acting is so stilted; no one comes off naturally, and it seems like most of the actors are going through the motions. The visuals are a bit unimaginative as well; everything from the cinematography to the villain design feels a bit flat.” Flickering Myth

Pet Graveyard is torpedoed early on by its own talky, ponderous script – thanks to which the amateur actors actually have to say things like “We brink death” and (hold the phone!) “Brink on to the other side”. It’s creaky beyond words and there’s probably not a less sympathetic bunch of characters in a horror movie this year. In fact, it’s enough to make you brink yourself and take out a whole bunch of brinkers in the process.” HorrorScreams VideoVault

Pet Graveyard needed to be over the top and memorable, instead, it’s flat and uninspired. The quest for knowledge or eternal life has been replaced with the quest for YouTube fame. The afterlife looks like a black cloth background. And The Reaper looks like a man in a dollar store mask. The glowing-eyed Sphinx cat is meant to be chilling, but it’s actually cute.” Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

Rita Siddiqui … Zara – Scarecrow vs. Vikings; Mummy Reborn
Andrew Hollingworth … Daryl – The Haunted Hotel; The House on Elm Lake
Claire-Maria Fox … Nikki – Deadly Callback; Tooth Fairy; Suicide Club; Bride of Scarecrow; 12 Deaths of Christmas
Heronimo Sehmi … Dad – End Game; Mummy Reborn
Mike Kelson … Teacher – ClownDoll; End GameHorror of Wonderland short; Scarecrow vs. Vikings; Vikings vs. Krampus; Tooth Fairy
Kate Milner Evans … Carla – ClownDoll; End Game; Scarecrow vs. Vikings; Vikings vs. Krampus
Hattie Willow … May
David Cotter … Jeff
Jessica Otoole … Lily
Kate Lush … Sara
Georgina Jane … Amy

Trivia:

The film was shot with the title Reaper. The retitling was obviously to cash-in on the remake of Pet Sematary.

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