“Based on the short story by Stephen King (The Shining), Sometimes They Come Back, stars Tim Matheson (Animal House) as the troubled Jim Norman who moves back to his hometown with his wife Sally (Brooke Adams, The Dead Zone) and son Scott (Robert Hy Gorman, Forever Young) after accepting a teaching job at the local high school.
But the town holds dark memories for Jim who moved away years earlier following the murder of his brother, Wayne (Chris Demetral, Blank Check). The young men responsible for the murder met with their own horrific deaths and now those restless spirits have come back for revenge.
Director Tom McLoughlinís chilling Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back is adapted for the screen by Lawrence Konnor and Mark Rosenthal (Planet of the Apes co-writers) and co-stars Robert Rustler (Thrashin’), William Sanderson (Blade Runner) and Nicholas Sadler (Scent of A Woman).”
Sometimes you forget how great some Stephen King adaptations are, but fear not, Olive Films is here to help you remember one of the better King outings from the 90s. Released in 1991, Tom McLoughlin (Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Freddy’s Nightmares) swings for the fences in this small town tale. Matheson gets to really flex his muscle as the ever haunted Mr. Norman. A loving father, loyal husband, and deticated educator, Tim Matheson is a triple threat, setting the bar high for his co-stars. And they deliver. Big time. This ansemble cast work so well with one another. Surprisngly there isn’t a weak link. A lot of fans of King’s short are unhappy with the ending. Maybe I am still viewing the film through 6 year old eyes, but I find it as enjoyable today as I did in 91.
The disc is bare bones, but that is standard for an Olive release. I was pleasantly surpised the transfer came out as well as it did. I last owned the film on VHS and it was fine, but seeing it all these years later I felt like I was seeing certain aspects for the very first time. The balanced audio works to the films advantage. The 2.0 mix sounds great.
If you’re a fan of the film you won’t be disappointed.