History Literature / PetSematary

17th Apr '18 1:11:59 PM AmuckCricetine
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* ShoutOut:
** Louis is a fan of Music/TheRamones.
** Also, Steve Masterton says to Louis "All work and no play make Jack a dull boy," a reference to ''Film/TheShining''.
** Rachel sees a mileage sign for [[Literature/SalemsLot Jerusalem's Lot]] on her drive back to Ludlow, and [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace it doesn't seem like a pleasant name for a town.]]
** At one point, Jud mentions [[Literature/{{Cujo}} a St. Bernard that went rabid]].
12th Apr '18 5:48:01 PM Stellarvore
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* InfantImmortality: Averted. In fact, the entire plot hinges on the death of a child.

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* InfantImmortality: Averted. In fact, the entire plot hinges on the death of a child. Played straight in [[spoiler:Ellie's]] case.
6th Apr '18 10:54:37 AM jeffreyloonychen
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* TheExtremistWasRight: [[JerkassHasAPoint Irwin Goldman believed Louis was unworthy of marrying his daughter]]. [[RightForTheWrongReasons He was right that the man was flawed...he was just wrong about just WHAT the flaw was]].[[note]]Then again, invoking the concept of a burial ground that revives the dead is kind of an OutsideContextProblem.[[/note]]

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* TheExtremistWasRight: [[JerkassHasAPoint Irwin Goldman believed Louis was unworthy of marrying his daughter]]. [[RightForTheWrongReasons daughter. He was right that the man was flawed...flawed]][[RightForTheWrongReasons ...he was just wrong about just WHAT the flaw was]].[[note]]Then again, invoking the concept of a burial ground that revives the dead is kind of an OutsideContextProblem.[[/note]]
6th Apr '18 10:52:56 AM jeffreyloonychen
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* TheExtremistWasRight: Irwin Goldman believed Louis was unworthy of marrying his daughter. He was right that the man was flawed...he was just wrong about just WHAT the flaw was.[[note]]Then again, invoking the concept of a burial ground that revives the dead is kind of an OutsideContextProblem.[[/note]]

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* TheExtremistWasRight: [[JerkassHasAPoint Irwin Goldman believed Louis was unworthy of marrying his daughter. daughter]]. [[RightForTheWrongReasons He was right that the man was flawed...he was just wrong about just WHAT the flaw was.was]].[[note]]Then again, invoking the concept of a burial ground that revives the dead is kind of an OutsideContextProblem.[[/note]]
11th Mar '18 4:33:15 PM kraas
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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: The cat, [[Usefulnotes/WinstonChurchill Winston Church]].

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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: The cat, [[Usefulnotes/WinstonChurchill Winston Church]].Churchill]], "Church" for short.
8th Dec '17 6:24:33 AM kraas
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* MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil: This is what happens to almost anything the buryingground resurrects.

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* MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil: This is what happens to almost anything the buryingground burying ground resurrects.
7th Dec '17 5:25:19 AM kraas
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Several months later Gage, who had just learned to walk, is run over by a speeding truck. Overcome with despair, Louis has Rachel and Ellie visit her parents again, not telling them his intentions. Louis exhumes his son's body and buries Gage at the burial ground. Gage returns as a [[CameBackWrong demonic shadow of his former self]], able to talk like an adult. Ellie has terryfing visions about that, which eventually convince Rachel to go back to Ludlow, where she meets Gage... After learning that Gage killed Jud and Rachel, Louis kills him with a morphine injection. After that, his mind is pushed into its final stage of insanity. Louis, now completely insane and having prematurely aged, burns down Jud Crandall's house, then carries Rachel's body to the burial ground, saying that he "waited too long" with Gage but is confident that Rachel will come back the same as before...

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Several months later Gage, who had just learned to walk, is run over by a speeding truck. Overcome with despair, Louis has Rachel and Ellie visit her parents again, not telling them his intentions. Louis exhumes his son's body and buries Gage at the burial burying ground. Gage returns as a [[CameBackWrong demonic shadow of his former self]], able to talk like an adult. Ellie has terryfing visions about that, which eventually convince Rachel to go back to Ludlow, where she meets Gage... After learning that Gage killed Jud and Rachel, Louis kills him with a morphine injection. After that, his mind is pushed into its final stage of insanity. Louis, now completely insane and having prematurely aged, burns down Jud Crandall's house, then carries Rachel's body to the burial burying ground, saying that he "waited too long" with Gage but is confident that Rachel will come back the same as before...



* AxCrazy: Some of the animals (namely [[FluffyTheTerrible Hanratty]] the bull) resurrected by the burial ground become this, while resurrected humans are this trope times ten.

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* AxCrazy: Some of the animals (namely [[FluffyTheTerrible Hanratty]] the bull) resurrected by the burial burying ground become this, while resurrected humans are this trope times ten.



* EldritchAbomination: ''Very'' possible explanation for what the burial ground is. It is most definitely an EldritchLocation.
* EmotionEater: It's suggested that the burial ground (or whatever's in it) feeds on despair. It can go dormant for decades, but it's always hungry when it wakes up.

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* EldritchAbomination: ''Very'' possible explanation for what the burial Micmac burying ground is. It is most definitely an EldritchLocation.
* EmotionEater: It's suggested that the burial burying ground (or whatever's in it) feeds on despair. It can go dormant for decades, but it's always hungry when it wakes up.



* EvilTaintedThePlace: The burial ground. And it wasn't always an unspeakably evil place, but the explanations provided on how it went bad are vague, ranging from the bones of those victimised by cannibalism from times of starvation buried there, to a {{Wendigo}} staking it's claim on the land. [[TakeAThirdOption Or both.]]

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* EvilTaintedThePlace: The burial burying ground. And it wasn't always an unspeakably evil place, but the explanations provided on how it went bad are vague, ranging from the bones of those victimised by cannibalism from times of starvation buried there, to a {{Wendigo}} staking it's claim on the land. [[TakeAThirdOption Or both.]]



* MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil: This is what happens to almost anything the burial ground resurrects.

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* MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil: This is what happens to almost anything the burial ground buryingground resurrects.



* MoreThanMindControl: In the book, the influence of the [[EldritchAbomination whatever]]-[[{{Wendigo}} it-is]] in the burial ground is implied to be responsible for Gage's death, [[spoiler:Rachel not making it back in time to stop her husband]], Jud's telling Louis about the burial ground in the first place, and Louis's TooDumbToLive behavior is in fact a combination of its influence and the emotional wringer it's been putting him through.

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* MoreThanMindControl: In the book, the influence of the [[EldritchAbomination whatever]]-[[{{Wendigo}} it-is]] in the burial burying ground is implied to be responsible for Gage's death, [[spoiler:Rachel not making it back in time to stop her husband]], Jud's telling Louis about the burial burying ground in the first place, and Louis's TooDumbToLive behavior is in fact a combination of its influence and the emotional wringer it's been putting him through.



* {{Wendigo}}: The book implies that one may be responsible for the burial ground's power. Louis nearly meets one when he carries Gage's body to the burial ground, but it's a foggy night so he's spared from seeing it.

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* {{Wendigo}}: The book implies that one may be responsible for the burial burying ground's power. Louis nearly meets one when he carries Gage's body to the burial burying ground, but it's a foggy night so he's spared from seeing it.
13th Nov '17 2:51:33 PM EhWhatCanYouDo
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** Norma Crandall, if [[spoiler:the demon speaking through Gage at the end is to be believed, slept with all her husband's friends. It's debatable whether this is true or not. One one hand, the demon said the truth about people's secrets before. On the other hand, what he said about Norma was pretty outlandish, and he said it to make Jud angry and lose control. It's possible that there was truth in it, but the demon exaggerated. Jud is guilty of infidelity himself, so it's definitely something he would be sensitive to and lash out. Notably, Timmy Baterman said nothing of it; given that he gleefully told Alan Purinton of his own wife's infidelity, it would suggest demon!Gage is lying about Norma.]]
** Jud Crandall [[spoiler:visited prostitutes when he was younger and married to Norma, although her infidelity to him might have arguably been worse.]]

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** Norma Crandall, if [[spoiler:the demon speaking through Gage at the end is to be believed, slept with all her husband's friends. It's debatable whether this is true or not. One one hand, the demon said the truth about people's secrets before. On the other hand, what he said about Norma was pretty outlandish, and he said it to make Jud angry and lose control. It's possible that there was truth in it, but the demon exaggerated. Jud is guilty of infidelity himself, so it's definitely something he would be sensitive to and lash out. Notably, Timmy Baterman said nothing of it; given that he gleefully told Alan Purinton of his own wife's infidelity, it would suggest demon!Gage is lying about Norma.Norma, unless she only cheated after Timmy Baterman's second death.]]
** Jud Crandall [[spoiler:visited prostitutes when he was younger and married to Norma, although her infidelity to him might have arguably been worse.Norma.]]
24th Oct '17 3:35:51 AM Maxx_Crowley
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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The Burying Ground's resurrectees are {{Revenant Zombie}}s. They look and act alive enough, but it's fairly easy to tell that they're functionally dead. At best, they're just not themselves (most animals turn out like this) and are occasionally a fair bit nastier. Humans, however, return as sadistic, homicidal (and most likely cannibalistic) monsters with a fondness for [[HannibalLecture Hannibal Lectures]] that contain knowledge that the resurrected could not have possibly had, making it obvious that it's not them but rather some''thing'' using their body as a vessel. They can also be killed by sedating them

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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The Burying Ground's resurrectees are {{Revenant Zombie}}s. They look and act alive enough, but it's fairly easy to tell that they're functionally dead. At best, they're just not themselves (most animals turn out like this) and are occasionally a fair bit nastier. Humans, however, return as sadistic, homicidal (and most likely cannibalistic) monsters with a fondness for [[HannibalLecture Hannibal Lectures]] that contain knowledge that the resurrected could not have possibly had, making it obvious that it's not them but rather some''thing'' using their body as a vessel. They can also be killed by sedating themfairly mundane methods however. Louis re-kills Gage with an overdose of morphine.
23rd Oct '17 7:39:06 AM AntMan
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** The Wendigo is glossed over in the film. This leads to the above accusations of TooDumbToLive, because the film shows what the characters are led to do, but doesn't indicate that their actions are not entirely their own.

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** The Wendigo is glossed over in the film. (Though it's briefly hinted at when Pascow tells Rachel "It's trying to stop you!") This leads to the above accusations of TooDumbToLive, because the film shows what the characters are led to do, but doesn't indicate that their actions are not entirely their own.
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