Pet Sematary: Bloodlines Review: Sometimes No Prequel Is Better

Sometimes dead is better, and that’s a lesson that “Pet Sematary: Bloodlines” probably should’ve taken to heart.

Maybe it’s time to let this horror series stay in its grave.

A prequel to “Pet Sematary,” arguably Stephen King’s scariest novel, is a great idea …

in theory.

But Lindsey Anderson Beer’s gnarly new movie leaves a lot to be desired; it’s a rushed, clumsy, unscary affair that wastes a good premise.

It feels edited to hell, as if there was something better, and longer, that got hacked and slashed down to the bloody mess now headed to Paramount+ in time for Halloween season.

While there are occasional flashes of gory fun to be had, “Bloodlines” ultimately fails to crawl out of its moldy grave, leaving us with an undead film.King’s novel is a modern gothic affair, the story of an ancient indigenous burial ground that has the power to bring back the dead.

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