Pet Sematary: Bloodlines secures an R rating for violence and gore

Writer/director Lindsey Anderson Beer’s Pet Sematary prequel Pet Sematary: Bloodlines has secured an R rating ahead of its streaming release

Writer/director Lindsey Anderson Beer’s Pet Sematary prequel Pet Sematary: Bloodlines will be having its world premiere at this year’s edition of Fantastic Fest, which is set to be held at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, Texas from September 21st – 28th (badges are available now at, before it reaches the Paramount+ streaming service on October 6th. Before it makes its way out into the world, it needed to secure a rating – and now it has. The Motion Picture Association ratings board has confirmed that Pet Sematary: Bloodlines has been given an R rating for horror violence, gore and language.

Said to be “based on an untold chapter penned by Stephen King“, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines centers on a young Jud Crandall in 1969, who has dreams of leaving his hometown behind but soon discovers sinister secrets buried within and is forced to confront a dark family history that will forever keep him connected to the town. Banding together, Jud and his childhood friends must fight an ancient evil that has gripped Ludlow since its founding and, once unearthed, has the power to destroy everything in its path.

The film stars Jackson White (Tell Me Lies), Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant), Jack Mulhern (Mare of Easttown), Henry Thomas (The Haunting of Hill House), Natalie Alyn Lind (The Goldbergs), Isabella Star LaBlanc (True Detective: Night Country), Samantha Mathis (The Thing Called Love), Pam Grier (Jackie Brown), and David Duchovny (The X-Files).

Beer wrote the screenplay with Jeff Buhler, who was also a writer on the 2019 version of Pet SemataryPet Sematary: Bloodlines was produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian.

Jud Crandall was an elderly man played by Fred Gwynne in the 1989 version of Pet Sematary (watch it HERE) and by John Lithgow in the 2019 movie (watch that one HERE).

Are you looking forward to Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, and are you glad to hear that it has secured an R rating? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Despite the generic and overused subtitle it has been slapped with, I am interested in checking out this prequel and hope it has turned out well.

Here’s a new image from the film, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes:

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