Sometimes They Come Back

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A hapless high-school teacher is haunted by the ghosts of the three teenage punks who killed his brother.

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Tim Matheson
as Jim Norman
William Sanderson
as Carl Mueller
Robert Hy Gorman
as Scott Norman
Chadd Nyerges
as Chip Conway
Matt Nolan
as Billy Stearns
T. Max Graham
as Chief Pappas
William Kuhlke
as Principla Simmons
Duncan McLeod
as Old Officer Neil
Zachary Ball
as Jimmy Norman
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  • Mar 27, 2015
    An overrated adaptation of Stephen King's work of the same name that has many unwarranted sequels.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2014
    Based on a Stephen King short story, Sometimes They Come Back is a dark, supernatural thriller. After a number of Jim Norman's students are murdered and mysteriously replaced by the undead, he's forced to confront the demons of his past. The acting is pretty mediocre and doesn't really capture the terror or intensity needed for a horror film. And, the plot meanders a bit and is a little vague on some points. It's a problematic film, but Sometimes They Come Back is able to deliver a few frights.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2011
    Vinnie Vincent: You always wanted to be like your brother didn't you Jimmy? Richard Lawson: Dead.  David North: VERY dead.  If PBS attempted to make a horror film, it would come out a lot like Sometimes They Come Back. This movie was pretty much torture to watch. Okay it is a made for tv movie, but I don't care; at least make it somewhat enjoyable. I don't like to call movies corny because it's an overused statement, but damn is this movie corny.  The flashbacks that Jim has of him and his brother are simultaneously embarrassing to watch and hilarious. The dialogue is just so fake between them. As for the rest of the movie, it isn't as bad as the flashbacks, but still horrible. I haven't read the short story by Stephen King, but I highly doubt that this captured it like he wrote it.  The movie has a lot of King elements that he uses in so many of his stories. A man comes back to a town where he lived as a child like in Salem's Lot and Dolores Claiborne. There's a gang of hoodlums that tormented him and his brother as kids like in IT and Stand By Me. The whole plot is about overcoming something from the past that is effecting you presently and if you don't deal without it forever. I guess by those plot details, it reminds me most of IT.  Sometimes They Come Back is down there with the worst of the King adaptions that I have seen. Not quite to the level of Dreamcatcher, but still almost unwatchable. The cast is bad, especially the actress who plays his wife; I'd write her name, but honestly I don't care enough to even look at the credits.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2009
    An instant classic. One of the greatest horror movies ever made and the greatest Stephen King adaptation ever. A terifying, riveting and mind-blwoing rollar-coaster ride of a thrill-machine.
    Al S Super Reviewer

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