The Tommyknockers

1993

The Tommyknockers

Critics Consensus

Unlikeable characters, a bloated narrative, and drab scripting make The Tommyknockers a hard watch for even the most die-hard of Stephen King fans.

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Adapted for TV, this is a Stephen King story in which an aspiring writer and an alcoholic poet (with a metal plate in his head, no less) literally stumble over a long-buried spaceship while walking in the woods. It starts glowing green when uncovered and soon everyone in town has green eyes, their teeth fall out and they act out all of their fantasies (violent or otherwise). Guess who's immune to the power of this alien spaceship? You got it--our good old metal-headed poet can save the day if he can get it together enough to do so. Really more of a B movie than most King horrorfests.

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Critic Reviews for The Tommyknockers

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (17)

  • One of the author's lesser novels has been dumbed down exponentially for TV and put through a deflavorizer to remove every iota of the black humor and pop-culture satire that usually make even the silliest King sufferable.

    January 15, 2020 | Full Review…
  • This adaptation by Lawrence D. Cohen ("Carrie") manages to squeeze out a respectable quota of creepy chills.

    January 15, 2020 | Full Review…
  • There's probably enough random mayhem in the miniseries to keep some viewers watching, but perhaps even the King faithful will yearn for some little hint of substance to tie it together.

    January 15, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "The Tommyknockers" is recommended only to dyed-in-the-wool King fans. Other viewers would be wise to turn elsewhere.

    January 15, 2020 | Full Review…
  • When [Lawrence D.] Cohen taps into King's greatest theme - families in peril from forces beyond their understanding - The Tommyknockers can be moving. The rest of the time, it's never less than an entertaining goof.

    January 15, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • King's ability to give us relationships on which to hang our emotions provides a familiar and solid foundation for his effective scare tactics.

    January 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Tommyknockers

  • Apr 16, 2011
    There's nothing to like here. Literally. Nothing. Jimmy Smits is so awful his career should've ended with this movie.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    Based on one of Stephen King's sci-fi horror stories, this movie is very strange, but it stays within the sci-fi conventions well. I liked it, it was very interesting. If you like King, check it out.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2010
    I honestly don't know how many made for TV movies will have to be made before Stephen King realizes that it's a terrible way to translate his stories. I thought that the book was really interesting and a sort of ode to 50s sci-fi, War of the Worlds in particular. This is just a complete letdown, filled with a sub-par cast and terrible writing.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2009
    I did not know what to expect from this movie so I had no high hopes but it still delivered to an extent. The atmosphere this movie creates is good but the problem is that the story is quite confusing. For a low budget film it is good but I did not really get the story. It also has to be mentioned that I wanted to get the story or watch it again. Apart from that there isnt a lot more to say about this movie.
    Malcolm D Super Reviewer

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