My Toddler Looks Like the Boy from 'Pet Sematary' and It Scares Me


My husband and I love horror movies almost as much as we love each other. In fact, it is this shared love of all things macabre that drew us together in the first place.

We have made being scared a lifestyle choice. Every Halloween (my husband's birthday) we throw a creepy party, dress up like monsters and run around scaring people. Our daughter is named Samara, not exactly after the scary girl in the movie The Ring, but we were not too upset when we discovered it.

This is all a long way of saying we have always loved being scared. Until now.

My toddler son looks like the little boy in Stephen King's Pet Sematary and it totally. Freaks. Me. Out.

For those not familiar with the movie, a quick recap:

The Creed family moves to Maine from the big city. They are introduced to a neighbor who shows them a pet cemetery and just beyond, the Indian burial ground where the dead come back to life. After the family suffers a tragedy.... **Spoiler** when they lose their toddler son, the father buries him there and disaster ensues.

Of all King's books, he always cites this as the scariest. After all, it is every parent's worst nightmare.

I have watched the movie 10,000 times. It has always been a favorite. But now it literally causes me nightmares because my son is identical to this evil, murderous toddler.

At first I thought only my husband and I noticed this, but soon it became apparent that anyone who remembered the movie (it came out in 1989) said the same thing. A few weeks ago we were at a party where one woman got so freaked out, she insisted on taking his photo.

My son:

Gage Creed:

Why can't my son look like the cute kid from Jerry Maguire? Or Macaulay Culkin? Why does he have to look like the kid who gets smashed by a truck so tragically and then comes back to life and kills his mom?

Is that so much to ask?

Honestly, it realy creeps me out.

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nonmember avatar natasha

he does look like him but he alive! lol and i don't think you would want him to look like Macaulay Culkin either he played a evil boy in the 1993 movie "The Good Son" so i wouldn't want him to look like him either!

sstepph sstepph

they do look alike, lol. good movie though:)

insan... insanemom3

I know how you feel! Our youngest daughter looks like the little girl in Poltergeist!!! That was really scary when we were watching it and noticed it!

baby1... baby1love

LMAO wow he really does look like that kid!!! But that kid is ALIVE in real life because he is an ACTOR it's not like he looks liike a real dead kid.  The kid that played Gage also did Full House a snotty friend of Michelle's, he went to do a few other shows beofre he dropped out of the business. Not to worry he;ll grow out of that look when he gets older if not remember he's alive.

Paola Falsarone O'Neill

That's funny, but I don't think he's gonna kill you!
My daughter look a lot like Danny in The Shining (that's where my nickname comes from), she has the same hair, the gap between teeth, the nose etc...but the creepiest thing is that she makes the same voice the child in the movie makes when he talks with his imaginary friend and when it says "REDRUM", I don't know how she does, we call it: "the monster voice" she sounds possessed it's terrible!

Peajewel Peajewel

Oh my, The Good Son, that was a bit of a freaky movie.  I forgot about that.  He was a very bad kid.  Your son really does look like that boy. 

mom2a... mom2averal

I love the boy from Pet Sematary. He is so cute!! Consider yourself lucky to have such a cutie. You should have him say a line from the movie and tape it. "Hi Mommy, Want to play?"If he sounds like Gage too that would be really freaky!!!!surprise mini

Phils... PhilsBabyMama

He just looks like a cute, blond toddler. :) 

That movie is freakin awful, though.  I couldn't watch it now.  I hate stuff with kids getting hurt.

nonmember avatar SKL

When The Omen came out, my cousin looked just like Damien. And my cousin's name would be almost exactly the same as the author's, if he'd had his mom's last name. Doo-wee-ooo! Oh, and my cousin is severely autistic, so the odd behavior was all too familiar too . . . .

Proud... ProudSingleMum

Okay....I LOVE that movie. But I have to say...other than the color and cut of the hair...I'm not really seeing it. Maybe it's one of those 'you'd have to see it in person to believe it' kind of things. But I don't think your kiddo looks like Gage.

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