!!The book/movie provides examples of:
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[TheRamones I don't wanna be buried in a pet sematary...]]
* MemeticMutation: "Sometimes, dead is better."
* {{Narm}}: When Rachel ascends the stairs to find Gage waiting for her, he's [[CreepyChild dressed in a little top hat and smock, holding an infant-sized cane]] like a tiny JackTheRipper.
* ParanoiaFuel
* {{Squick}}: Once again, all over the place
* TheWoobie: Ellie Creed. [[OffscreenInertia At the end of the story]] she's sedated in the hospital, perhaps driven half-mad from unheeded psychic warnings, her brother is dead, [[spoiler: as is her mother, and her cat, and in the movie her father (though it's a given that he'll also die soon in the book)]]. And all this at the age of six...
** JerkassWoobie: Louis, who just won't learn his lesson about letting dead stay dead, but you can't help but pity him anyway.
*** Zelda, somewhat, too. She wasn't exactly nice, but she was a little girl in HORRIBLE PAIN and nobody could do anything about it.
*** Rachel.
* UncannyValley: People and animals brought back by the burying ground usually have this effect on the living. For those that aren't in the know, there's something just not ''right'' about them.

!!The sequel provides examples of:
* ChewingTheScenery: Gus, post-resurrection. Creator/ClancyBrown hamming it up makes watching this worthwhile.
* {{Narm}}: Even more so than the first film.
** The death by potato scene in particular.
* NauseaFuel / NightmareFuel: [[spoiler:Resurrected Renee's melting face at the end.]]
* {{Squick}}: It stays over from the original.
* UncannyValley: Doesn't Renee looks a little... ''too'' perfect having been dead so long? [[spoiler: That's because she's covered in mortuary wax, which melts off during her VillainousBreakdown.]]