Pet Sematary: Bloodlines age rating: 4 reasons why the horror movie is not for kids

Jason Clarke as Louis in PET SEMATARY, from Paramount Pictures.
Jason Clarke as Louis in PET SEMATARY, from Paramount Pictures. /

Pet Sematary: Bloodlines is coming out this weekend and promises to expand on the classic Stephen King novel. But there are some good reasons why this movie is not for kids, and before anyone goes in, we want to share why the horror film has received an R rating.

Even moviegoers who don’t have any kids are wondering what happens in the movie Bloodlines for it to be stamped with this rating. After all, even fans of the genre have triggers. Not every horror movie is for everyone. Need a reason or two to kick your kiddo out of the room when the Paramount+ horror drops? Here are four!

4 reasons why Pet Sematary: Bloodlines is not for kids

The subject matter is dark

The original Pet Sematary is one of Stephen King’s creepiest stories, which is saying something. The tale focuses on a family who move to a small Maine town with a local sematary said to be cursed by Native Americans. It turns out that if a pet is buried there, somehow it comes back to life.

When his beloved young son dies in an accident, the father decides to bury him in that cemetery to bring him back. However, he learns the hard way that bringing back the dead has a huge price, as something else comes back with them. In short, this movie features death and a burial and the death of a child, majorly dark subject matters that can be way too rough for kids.

Jeté Laurence as Ellie in PET SEMATARY, from Paramount Pictures. /

The earlier versions are already terrifying

The original tale has been adapted twice, first in 1989 and then in 2019. Each took a few liberties with the original novel, but also provided the scares and the 2019 version some nastier moments. Thus, a prequel continuing that would be even more gripping. If they got away with releasing such a disturbing film, imagine what will be featured now!

The origin tales can be darker

Prequels are tricky, but this seems right up King’s alley. The events take place in 1969, showing Judd, the elder man from the original tales, moving into the area and how he stumbles onto the cemetery. The film looks to be even darker and gorier, and the fact anyone can die only promises some brutal moments.

Pet Sematary: Bloodlines
Pet Sematary: Bloodlines /

Why the R Rating?

Now, let’s dig into why the film is rated R. The Age Rating JuJu website confirms that the R rating was decided due to the violence and gore. That includes obviously burying someone, as well as a gunfight and some freaky scenes with ghosts. There’s also plenty of adult language.

So far, details are scarce on the plot, but these should already be good reasons why Pet Semetary: Bloodlines is definitely not for kids. However, I’m sure it will be a big film for horror buffs.

Pet Sematary: Bloodlines premieres on Paramount+ Friday, Oct. 6.

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