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Real Burial Grounds And Locations That Could Have Inspired 'Pet Sematary'

Updated March 22, 2019 28.9k views10 items

Paramount's 2019 Pet Sematary is a fresh and petrifying adaptation of one of Stephen King's stellar novels. In the movie, which received an April 5, 2019 debut date, the Creed family moves into a lovely house next to an extremely busy road. The traffic way isn't the most foreboding thing about the new property, though. In fact, the Creed's land also holds a pet cemetery and a sinister, reanimating burial ground. Humans and animals plunged into the cursed dirt return to the land of the living, but they don't come back the same. 

The Pet Sematary film makes death seem a little more supernatural, but there are many real cemeteries and burial grounds with eerie backstories too. 

  • Mystery Hill

    Also called America's Stonehenge, this strange site in New Hampshire houses a variety of "small stone walls, odd stone arrangements, underground chambers, and a one-acre granite outcropping that has rock structures built on it."

    While no one knows for sure what Mystery Hill really is, plenty of speculation about the place exists. It's filled with large, foreboding rocks that look just like the ones in Pet Sematary. Some people even believe the place was a Native American burial ground, partially because large stones were often used to mark graves in the past.

  • Mackworth Island Pet Cemetery

    A 100-acre island near Portland, ME, in the mouth of the Presumpscot River, Mackworth Island is also home to a unique pet cemetery. Percival Baxter was the Governor of Maine from 1921 until 1925. He was also a dog-lover and a breeder of Irish Setters. He buried 14 of his pet dogs and one horse in a pet cemetery on Mackworth Island, making people wonder if the land was truly creepy.

    Not content with simply interring his beloved pets, Governor Baxter also made sure the pet cemetery remained protected when the island was turned into a state park.

  • LA Pet Cemetery

    What happens to celebrity pets when they pass away? Many go to the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Calabasas, CA.

    The Memorial Park is the final resting place for certain stars' animal companions and some animal actors too. Tawny, one of the lions featured in the famous MGM logo, is buried there, as is one of the dogs who played Petey in the original Little Rascals series.

    Like any good cemetery, Memorial Park has its own ghost, Kabar. He was an Alsatian Doberman who belonged to silent film star Rudolph Valentino. Visitors claimed to hear Kabar bark occasionally, and some people even felt him lick their hands.

  • San Francisco’s Presidio Military Pet Cemetery

    A remnant from when the Presidio was still a military base on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, the Presidio Military Pet Cemetery provides a final resting place for pets that belonged to soldiers stationed at the base.

    Designed to mimic military cemeteries, the burial place has simple wooden markers and plain paint jobs. The markers, which look rustic like the ones created by the children in Pet Sematary, list the names of the animals and their owners. Like most military cemeteries, there are also monuments to a few unnamed deceased pets.