Starring: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jeté Laurence, Hugo Lavoie, Lucas Lavoie, Obssa Ahmed
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Supernatural horror directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer based on Stephen King’s novel, which follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz), and their two young children, Gage and Ellie, from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 18)
[first lines; as they’re driving to their new home]
Ellie Creed: So many trees.
Rachel Creed: It’s beautiful, right?
Louis Creed: Well, it’s definitely not Boston.
Rachel Creed: No, it’s not.
[as they arrive at their new house]
Louis Creed: What do you think?
Ellie Creed: Wow.
Louis Creed: Wow? That’s it? It’s pretty incredible, don’t you think? I even got them to throw in a whole forest as a new backyard.
Ellie Creed: This whole place is ours?
Louis Creed: This whole place is the new domain of Ellie-phant the Great and Terrible.
Ellie Creed: What is this place?
Jud: Pet cemetery. Didn’t you read the sign?
Ellie Creed: Yeah. They spelled it wrong. These are all people’s pets?
Jud: Well, the whole town’s been using this place for generations.
Ellie Creed: I saw those kids. They were all wearing those masks.
Jud: Yeah. A lot of folks make a kind of ritual out of it.
Ellie Creed: Why don’t pets live as long as people?
Louis Creed: Well, do you remember that talk we had about metabolism?
Ellie Creed: The clock in your body?
Louis Creed: Yes. Humans have a slow metabolism, a slow clock, so we live longer. Whereas cats and dogs, well, they have a fast metabolism. Which means, when it runs out…
Ellie Creed: They die and go to the pet cemetery.
Rachel Creed: Ellie discovered a charming little landmark in the woods today, right in our backyard.
Louis Creed: Okay. Well, that doesn’t have to be such a bad thing, does it? Hm? A place to bury our pets and remember them. It might seem scary, but it’s not. It’s perfectly natural. Just like dying is natural. Hm? We all die and eventually, one way or another, and we all go back into the ground.
Rachel Creed: What daddy’s trying to say is that even though the pet’s body goes in the ground, its soul keeps living and goes to heaven. Just like Nana Creed. Remember how I told you she’s looking down on you?
Louis Creed: Well, we don’t actually know that it works exactly like that. What mommy and daddy are trying to say is that you don’t have to worry about this, sweetheart, okay? Church and mommy and me, we’re going to be around a long, long time.
Ellie Creed: And Gage?
Rachel Creed: Of course, sweetie. Gage is just a kid.
Ellie Creed: But what about your sister, mommy? Wasn’t she just a kid when she died?
Victor Pascow: Louis, the barrier is not meant to be broken.
Ellie Creed: Hey, want to come meet my cat? His name is Church.
Ellie Creed: That’s short for Winston Churchill. He’s a guy who lived a long time ago.
Jud: Oh, I know who Winston Churchill is.
Ellie Creed: Wow. You must be really old.
Jud: I’m afraid so.
Rachel Creed: How long have you lived here?
Jud: What, in Ludlow, or in that house?
Rachel Creed: Either.
Jud: All my life, to both questions.
Louis Creed: We need to have a little talk. Ellie’s cat is walking around over there like nothing happened.
Jud: Well, I’ll be damned.
Louis Creed: What the fuck does that mean?
Jud: Well, isn’t that what you wanted? Save your daughter from the truth?
Louis Creed: I mean, come on, you saw as well as I did. That cat was dead, Jud.
Jud: I never said he wasn’t.
Louis Creed: Well, then how do you explain it?
Jud: I don’t. Nobody can.
Louis Creed: You’re going to have to do better than that, Jud.
Jud: There are places in this world that are older than either of us. Places that a rational doctor brain like yours will never understand. Nobody knows what that place is, what happens in that stony ground. But the soil of a man’s heart is stonier, Louis. What we did last night, we did for Ellie. But that’s your cat now.
Jud: The Wendigo. You heard a lot about that all over the north country back in the old days. It was a myth passed down from the local tribes up this way. But to them, it wasn’t just some campfire story. They believed it. They feared it.
[referring to the carved symbols on the trees from the drawing in the book]
Louis Creed: I saw these on the trees up there.
Jud: Yeah, they’re warnings. The local tribes carved them before they fled.
Louis Creed: Fled?
Jud: Yeah, they knew the power of that place. They felt its pull. They came to believe that those woods belonged to something else. That the ground was bad.
Louis Creed: Sour. The ground is sour.
Jud: Yeah. So they moved on. But not before they built that deadfall. They built it to keep people out. But it didn’t keep people out.
Jud: The Wendigo may just be some crazy folktale, but there is something up there, something that brings things back.
Louis Creed: So what happened to your dog, Jud?
Jud: He came back. Just like Stanny B. said he would, but he was changed. It was when he went after my mother that my daddy put him down, for the second time. I thought it would be different with Ellie’s cat. I mean, Biff had a mean streak to begin with. But Church, well, was a nice cat…
Louis Creed: He tried to hurt Gage.
Jud: I’m so sorry, Louis. I am. Once you feel the power of that place, you make up the sweetest smelling reasons to go back. But I was wrong. Sometimes dead is better.
Jud: I should never have shown you that place.
Louis Creed: But you did.
Jud: I know what you’re thinking of doing, Louis, but she won’t come back the same. I’m so goddamn sorry I did this. Ellie is the first person to touch my heart in a long time. I didn’t want her to be so sad. It’s that goddamn place. It feeds on your grief, gets into your mind.
Ellie Creed: I remember my birthday party. Church was out on the road. I was so happy he came home. There was a truck. Then everything went black.
Louis Creed: Well, it’s okay now. Now you’re back.
Ellie Creed: Back from where?
Louis Creed: It’s time to go to bed, okay? Turn the light off.
Ellie Creed: I’m dead, aren’t I?
Louis Creed: No, honey. No. You’re here.
Ellie Creed: Will you stay with me?
Louis Creed: Of course.
[he lies next to her on the bed]
Ellie Creed: I can hear the woods.
Louis Creed: The windows are closed, sweetheart.
Ellie Creed: Not like that. Inside.
Jud: If you’ve done something, Louis, it’s not too late to undo it.
Louis Creed: You don’t have to worry about me, Jud. I’m fine. Really.
Rachel Creed: Louis, what’s going on?
Louis Creed: I needed more time with her. Honey, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to her.
Rachel Creed: You’re scaring me. Just tell me what you’re talking about.
Louis Creed: It was my fault she died, Rache. I had to bring her back.
[they see Ellie walking towards them]
Ellie Creed: The Great and Terrible.
[Rachel begins to cry]
Louis Creed: There’s a place, Rache, deep in the woods beyond the pet cemetery. It brings things back.
Ellie Creed: Aren’t you happy, mommy?
[Ellie hugs a terrified Rachel]
Louis Creed: Hug your daughter, Rache. Hug your daughter.
Rachel Creed: What is she? What is…
Louis Creed: That is Ellie out there.
Rachel Creed: No. No, we buried her. We put her in the ground.
Louis Creed: She’s been given back to us. We have a second chance.
Rachel Creed: It doesn’t work that way, Louis.
Louis Creed: Yes, it does. There’s a place in the woods. That place I was telling you about. I couldn’t understand it until I buried Church up there. That cat was dead until I buried him in the ground and it brought him back.
Rachel Creed: He wasn’t the same after that.
Louis Creed: You saw her. You touched her. That is our daughter.
Rachel Creed: [sobbing] You dug her up?
Louis Creed: That is our daughter down there, honey. Please, okay? I did what I think was right. Let God take his own fucking kid!
[as Louis finds a dying Rachel]
Rachel Creed: Don’t bury me in that place.
Louis Creed: What?
[suddenly Ellie knocks Louis unconscious]
Louis Creed: I thought we could be a family. I wanted to be a family. But we can’t.
Ellie Creed: But we can, daddy. We can.
[as he goes to kill Ellie, he is suddenly impaled through the chest by a resurrected Rachel]
Total Quotes: 18
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