Even in horror cinema, “more blood and violence” doesn’t automatically mean greater success or more heartfelt fan love. This is proven, for example, by those who have risen to cult status Stephen King-Adaptation “Stuffed Animal Cemetery” from 1989 and its sequel. For “Cemetery of Stuffed Animals 2”, Mary Lambert, who directed the previous one, returned to the director’s chair, grabbed “Terminator 2” star Edward Furlong and turned the level of violence up considerably. That would have to mean a murderous success, one would think.
Instead, “Cemetery of Cuddly Animals 2” only took a fraction of what its predecessor generated at the box office – and was then largely forgotten. In Germany, the sequel was on the index for 23 years. Since de-indexing, there has only been one uncut re-release on DVD, but now the HD upgrade is coming: “Friedhof der Kuscheltiere 2” will be released on Blu-ray for the first time in German home cinemas on August 18, 2022 – of course uncut!
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By the way: Mary Lambert’s first detour to the “Cemetery of Stuffed Animals” even exists as a 4K Blu-ray*. And their legendary novel template* recently received a new paperback edition.
Vet Chase Matthews (Anthony Edwards) mourns the loss of his wife. So he moves with his 13-year-old son Jeff (Edward Furlong) – the change of scenery should make it easier for the two to start over. But with Ludlow, Chase has chosen a surprisingly tough patch: Jeff quickly becomes hostile to the young people from the neighborhood. Jeff only finds a connection to the frightened outsider Drew Gilbert (Jason McGuire). Drew is being terrorized by his violent stepfather, Gus (Clancy Brown). When he also shoots Drew’s beloved dog, Drew and Jeff head to a fabled graveyard where the dead are said to come to life. Full of hope, they bury the four-legged friend there – and set a chain of cruel events in motion…
Although Paramount Pictures went to the trouble of bringing Lambert back rather than switching directors for part two, as is so common in horror cinema, Pet Graveyard 2 does not represent Lambert’s original vision. Lambert wanted to set up a direct continuation of the first part and discuss the next steps for Ellie Creed, played by Blaze Berdahl. However, according to legend, the studio insisted on a film revolving around a male character, which is why a completely new cast of characters was created.
The ultimately produced “Cemetery of the Stuffed Animals 2” was heavily criticized by the press for the fact that the sequel would care very little about its characters, instead throwing around special effects and violence. the Cinema slammed it as “bloody battle slab“ – which certainly had the opposite effect on some film fans and thus caused an extra portion of curiosity…
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