While Pet Sematary‘s presentation might feel a tad Lifetime-y now, it still serves up a great tale on the human inability to accept the end of life, hitting all the right beats with regular thrills, superb gore moments, and eerie atmospherics that make for an exemplary horror film. As a bonus, it would be utterly impossible to repeat the film’s finale in today’s uber-sensitive culture. It’s no wonder a package like this would make over 5x its initial $11M budget. Stream on Netflix here.
No major conflict appears in Strange Days until almost an hour in. Until then it’s snazzy virtual reality and an inept love story. 2 and a half hours of not caring much about the victims, let alone the hero, and there’s no wonder why this flopped. Some say it was too early with its police commentary, but the bottom line is that aside from a great concept, which delivers with some cool virtual reality elements, it’s just tedious.