Whenever you see a movie that is set in Maine two things happen. Either they got to right, and it looks and feels like Maine or they got it all wrong with bad accents and a location that looks like it could be anywhere.

With Stephen King setting just about all his movies and books here in his home state of Maine, you would think that one of his movies would make the list. But no.

Of all the movies set in Maine, Thrillist picked the animated film "The Iron Giant: as the best movie set in Maine, something probably a lot of people never even realized.

Thrillist says:

There's no better way to capture the grandeur of the coastal town, or how fear can consume a small community with only a few whispers, than through the eyes of a 60-foot-tall alien robot. Brad Bird (The Incredibles) tells the story of 9-year-old Hogarth Hughes and his Iron Giant with every trick in the animation playbook, clashing his towering steel hero against the reds and oranges of fall in Maine...

Lame. Sounds like no one at Thrillist has ever been to Maine.

If you're really going to pick the best movie set in Maine based on the look and feel, can you really go with anything other than Pet Semetary?

Let's start off with the fact that it was actually filmed in Maine, not Canada like most movies set in Maine. Stephen King plays a minister at the funeral of baby Cage. It was shot in a real cemetery in Bangor. The film has scenes from the actual newscaster at WLBZ 2 in Bangor and grocery bags with the logo of Shop 'N Save on them, the former name of Hannaford Supermarkets.

Real locations, real people, real Maine. Oh, and it's not animated.

Sorry Thrillist. Iron Giant is a great movie, but no one would even know it's in Maine.

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