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I felt that “Pet Sematary” did a great job at portraying and exploring the detrimental effects that past (especially childhood) traumas can have on people’s mental health. Through the Creed family, Stephen King explored symptoms of psychosis and PTSD. One interesting aspect of the film was continuously attempting to differentiate between characters’ hallucinations, which were sometimes very plausible given the severity of traumas they experienced, and the supernatural events occurring within the universe of the film. As an aspiring surgeon, another interesting aspect of the film was Dr. Creed’s difficulty in wrestling with the traumas that often accompany being a physician. It was disappointing to see Dr. Creed’s character rigidly attempt to intellectualize his way through the events of the film, eventually failing and falling into substance abuse and psychosis.
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