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Spontaneous Combustion (1990)





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In this horror outing, a secret government experiment produces a man capable of using his mental powers to start fires.


Cynthia Bain
as Cynthia Bain
Jon Cypher
as Dr. Marsh
William Prince
as Lew Orlander
John Landis
as Radio Technician
Dey Young
as Rachel
Tegan West
as Springer
Dick Butkus
as Lt. General
Joe Mays
as Dr. Persons
Stacy Edwards
as Peggy Bell
Brian Bremer
as Brian Bell
Frank Whiteman
as Young Orlander
Jaime Alba
as Walter
Mark Roberts
as Dr. Simpson
Judith Jones
as Jennifer
Sandy Ignon
as Doctor in 50's
Nick Gambella
as Student in Theater
Barbara Leary
as Amy Whitaker
Paul Barresi
as Hospital Guard
George 'Buck' Flower
as Preacher on Radio
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Critic Reviews for Spontaneous Combustion

All Critics (2)

Pretty silly, but rather entertaining.

August 11, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Spontaneous Combustion


I'm not quite sure where to start with this one... While not the greatest movie I've ever seen, there was at least some hope that "Spontaneous Combustion" would be a fairly cheesy B movie with a half baked plot. It somewhat delivered on that premise with Brad Dourif giving a fully committed performance that was made hilarious by the dialogue and story it had to support. Unfortunately, the entertaining portions of the film were seriously undercut by an ending that ranks with "Highlander 2: The Quickening" in terms of being purely awful. It almost feels as if the film ran out of money and Tobe just said "F- it, I don't care anymore... have him dissolve into light? Can we do that? Yes? great." It's rare that a film can make me think "WTF I just watch?" especially after being at least amused by a good portion of the film, but this film did it (not in a good way). Overall, "Spontaneous Combustion" starts off entertaingly cheesy, but manages to turn into a dumpster fire of awful in the end. 2 1/2 stars

Ross Malo
Ross Malo

Finally saw this and it isn't the crappiest movie that the internet critics would lead one to think. Brad Dourif has a borderline performance where you cant tell if he is acting legit or if he is treading ham territory but he is interesting and intense in his trademarked ways. Hooper's effects are almost a cross between Poltergeist and Lifeforce but on a weaker level. Some of the fire effects do work. The story is kind of interesting but it just doesn't have an effective villain or supporting characters. Still there is some drive-in, late night sleaze that slightly elevates this over a bad horror/thriller movie from the late 80's early 90's.

Rodney Eckrich
Rodney Eckrich

Moderately amusing film about a young man (the awesome Brad Dourif) being the son of parents who were testing in atomic weapons experiments which results in his ability to control fire and electricity, which also leads to terrible affects to his mind and body. Kind of a boring film, but has its moments. This is really different for Hooper, especially with the anticlimactic ending.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron

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