There are very few movies that get to me, but this happens to be one of them. Based on a novel by Stephen King, it follows the events in the life of a doctor and his family that move into a new home that is located on the edge of a busy highway. Leading from the back of their home is a path that goes to a tiny graveyard that the children of the area have built to bury their pets that were killed on the highway. However, there is something beyond this graveyard, a place where the local Indian tribe also buried their dead. When the pet cat of the young daughter gets killed on the highway, the old man that lives across the way takes the doctor to this Indian ground and, upon burying the cat there, the animal comes back to life and returns to the family. When their baby boy is also hit and killed by a truck on the highway, the grief stricken doctor takes him to the Indian graveyard. The rest is a nightmare of epic proportions because, when the dead come back, they are not ever the same.
This film stars Dale Midkiff as the doctor and Denise Crosby as his wife, this being one of the parts she played after her departure from her character in Star Trek: The Next Generation. It also features the old comedy star Fred Gwynne as old man Crandall. I gave this movie only three stars because, though the script was well done and the acting was superb, the subject matter was, in my opinion, something that is a little too disturbing be put on film. The images (spoiler alert) of a desperate father digging up his dead child's grave and cradling the body in his arms. The scene of a two-year-old boy biting out the throat of a grown man. The horrified realization of the father when he learns what his once innocent baby has done. These are things that will haunt my memory, and why this is a film that children should definitely be kept away from. There are some stories that should be left to the imagination, and this is one of them.