When I first discovered Sneak Previews in 1980, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert's Dogs Of The Week feature, introduced by Spot The Wonder Dog, quickly became my favorite part of the show.
But, since sometime after 2012…as one of those parents…when it comes to Pet Sematary, I just haven’t been able to get through it. The anguish in the story is just too overwhelming.
How are viewers supposed to remain invested in a movie character’s survival when the character themselves don’t behave as if they are? When their decisions become infuriatingly counterintuitive and reckless?
It’s possible Kubrick placed the bear imagery in the film because it matches the story's theme of fathers murdering their wives and children. Adult male bears are known to kill bear cubs which are not their own and sometimes kill the cubs' mother in the process.