!!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.

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!!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.]]