Picks and Pans Review: Pet Sematary Two

updated 09/14/1992 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/14/1992 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Clancy Brown, Anthony Edwards, Edward Furlong, Jason McGuire

This sequel does not quite live down to the despicable 1989 original. But director Mary (Pet Sematary) Lambert still seems to see entertainment value in such things as rape, violent child abuse, close-ups of open wounds, blood, matricide, kittens being torn to shreds by fiendish dogs, mashed potatoes being spit out and rabbits being disemboweled.

Forget scariness. There's only a thin story, about a Maine town where a burial ground restores life to those interred. The effects run to such devices as dogs whose eyes glow red. Edwards, as a veterinarian who moves to the Maine town, makes a sympathetic victim, and young Furlong (Terminator 2), as his son, convincingly grieves for his dead mother.

Like its progenitor, this movie is consistently repulsive. It would be criminal to let anyone under 11 see either film. (R)

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