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|Regie:||Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 101 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
As Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) together with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their children Ellie (Jeté Laurence) and Gage moves to the country to take a job as a doctor at a university, he is convinced that they now have a contemplative life ahead of them. But not only the fatal accident of a student shakes the supposed idyll. Also from the animal cemetery, which lies on the large property of the Creeds, an uncanny atmosphere emanates, which Louis pursues into his dreams. When the cat is run over by Ellie, Louis asks his neighbor, Jud (John Lithgow), for help and lets the old man lead him to an ominous place that unleashes a power that shows in a particularly cruel way that death is not always the end&.hellip;
"cemetery of cuddly toys" is undoubtedly one of Stephen King's best-known and most popular works. After the bestseller had already been filmed in 1989, there have been plans to bring a remake to the cinemas in recent years. For some time it even looked as if George Clooney would play the leading role. But nothing came of it and the project seemed to die - until King movies experienced a true renaissance by the enormous success of "Es". The director duo Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, who already gained genre experience with the thriller "Starry Eyes" and the serial version of "Scream", have changed the story a little bit, especially in one aspect, which is already revealed in the trailer. All in all, however, they stay quite close to the original and its first film version until shortly before the end. The latter is especially evident in a scene in which they play directly with the expectations of the audience, who are familiar with the first adaptation, and thereby achieve a really good shock effect.
All in all can be said: The new movie does a lot better than the first one, but the other one was much more effective in the 89 version. But neither of the two films can finally reach the original book. First of all, the aspects that are convincing here: there are the actors, all of whom are clearly superior to the ensemble of the first film. As entertaining as Mary Lambert's version was, she did not deliver any best acting performances. Dale Midkiff and Denise Crosby have shown little more than a facial expression and also Fred Gwyne hasn't delivered anything Oscar-ready. Jason Clarke and John Lithgow, but also the young actress Jeté Laurence, are doing a lot better in this respect.
The whole atmosphere in the new version is also a little more oppressive and gloomy. Some really good shower moments can unfold in it. However, there are also aspects that destroy exactly that: There are scenes that show Louis on his way to the old Indian cemetery. This was shot so obviously in the studio that the viewer is completely ripped out of the story. Unfortunately, the Special Effects Team failed completely here. The other disappointment concerns the scenes with Rachel's sister Zelda. These were among the most fearsome moments in the 89er filming, are too much trimmed to shock, that they don't make you afraid, but almost involuntarily seem funny.
There are other drastic differences, especially concerning the terrible accident and the end. But these changes actually work quite well. For me as a faithful King fan, the new adaptation of "Cemetery of the Cuddly Animals" was therefore also more successful entertainment than disappointment - even though it spread in some moments. Nevertheless, this review cannot be entirely positive, as the filmmakers have left too much potential unused. So the whole thing has become a decent horror movie, but it can't play in the upper league of the King movies. Worth seeing!
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