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Pet Sematary: Bloodlines (2023) Review– The Bone-Chilling Prequel That Digs Up Ludlow's Dark Past!

In 1969, a young Jud Crandall has dreams of leaving his hometown of Ludlow, Maine behind, but soon discovers sinister secrets buried within and is forced to confront a dark family history that will forever keep him connected to Ludlow. Banding together, Jud and his childhood friends must fight an ancient evil that has gripped Ludlow since its founding, and once unearthed has the power to destroy everything in its path. Based on the never before told chapter from Pet Sematary, Stephen King's chilling novel, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines is a spine-tingling prequel exploring the origins of how death became different in the small town of Ludlow and why sometimes dead is better.


Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to take a hair-raising trip back to 1969 in Ludlow, Maine, where a young Jud Crandall, portrayed by Jackson White, is discovering that leaving town isn't going to be a breeze. In "Pet Sematary: Bloodlines," the prequel nobody knew they needed, get ready to unearth some sinister buried skeletons as we dive into Ludlow's twisted history. But wait, did I mention David Duchovny’s in it? Say what? Mulder, fighting ancient evil? Sign me up faster than you can say "I want to believe"!


Our cast includes Natalie Alyn Lind, Forrest Goodluck, and the legendary Duchovny. We've got a stellar team here to unravel the mysteries of a town haunted by dark forces. You know it’s going to be wild when Duchovny's involved, right?


What’s got me cheering? Finally, a glimpse into the backstory of the original movie's characters. It’s like peeking into a family photo album, except it's filled with horror and unearthly secrets. Plus, the prospect of expanding the Pet Sematary franchise? That’s music to the ears of fans waiting for more bone-chilling tales.


But hold onto your hats, here's the kicker. The deviation from the original movie's resurrection rules had me raising an eyebrow higher than Spock. Zombies chattering away like they’re discussing weekend plans? That's not the creepy silence we signed up for. The first movie nailed the eerie quiet of the undead. Why fix what isn’t broken, right? And the plot twist? Let's just say Sherlock Holmes wouldn't break a sweat figuring that one out.


Continuity errors, oh joy! Mistakes from the original movie? Jud's inexperience with the undead when Timmy and Hendrix return clearly contradicts what we saw in the first flick. Somebody forgot to sync up the Pet Sematary history tapes before hitting us with this prequel.


And the grand finale? A 6.8/10 for this spine-tingling, not-quite-as-impressive-as-the-original prequel. It's a good popcorn muncher, but not the bone-chilling horror that'll haunt your dreams.

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