Louis Creed is a doctor who moves his family to Ludlow, Maine from
Chicago because of a job he accepted as an MD at some University. His family
(Rachel, his wife, Ellie, his daughter, and Gage, his baby son) are happy about
moving, thought they soon will come to have reservations. Both children are hurt
on the first day of the move.
Louis makes friends with an old man across the road named Jud Crandall,
who promises to show them where the path behind their house leads. It is with
these three seemingly innocuous events that the spiral in toward darkness begins.
The path behind the house ends up in a place known to the locals as the Pet
cemetary. It is a graveyard for children’s pets, most lost to the Interstate Road
which seperates the Crandall’s and the Creeds’ homes. The gravestones are set in a
Ellie has questions about death terrified that her cat Church will have to go
to the Pet cemetary. Louis answers her honestly and later Rachel and him have an
argument. She was Scared by the cemetary, and was uncomfortable with the idea
of deth in general because at the age of eight Rachel witnessed her sister Zelda
die of spinal Problems, an incident which scarred her for life. It only gets grimmer
Louis’s first day as a university MD is a horror. A guy named Victor
Pascow is run over by a car. Before he dies he gives Creed an message warning
him about the Pet cemetary and the grounds beyond.
During Thanksgiving vacation, while Louis’s family is away, the cat Church
is killed by a truck. Jud offers to help Louis, and brings him to the Pet cemetary.
They arrive at the Micmac Indian burial grounds. Jud has Louis bury Church and
build a stone cairn over the grave. Slowly Louis realizes the cairns are arranged in
a spiral, like the markers at the Pet Sematary. Later, when Louis is home alone,
The burial grounds make the dead come to life, but it has greater powers as
well. It is a dark and secret place, a place which actually controlls matters of life,
death, and obsession. After Church the cat returns he smells bad and acts vicious
When the family returns they decide to go to the park for a picnic. Their
little boy Gage dies by getting run over on the same road Church had been run over
by. Louis, becoming very sad more and more obsessed with the memory of the
burial grounds, decides to bring him back to life. Against Jud’s stern warnings, he
unearths his son and reinters him at the burial ground.
Gage comes back, posessed by the dark spirit of the Micmac ground and of
death. He kills Jud and Rachel and tries to kill Louis but Louis kills him.
Louis goes mad because of Rachels death. Trying one more time for salvation, he
buries Rachel at the grounds and pays the price.