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Stephen King's: Sometimes They Come Back (1991)

Tim Matheson , Brooke Adams , Tom McLoughlin  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Robert Rusler, Chris Demetral, Robert Hy Gorman
  • Directors: Tom McLoughlin
  • Writers: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Stephen King
  • Producers: David C. Thomas, Dino De Laurentiis, Michael S. Murphey, Milton Subotsky
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305645574
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,938 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stephen King's: Sometimes They Come Back" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Based on a short story by Stephen King, a man and his family return to his home town, but he is then harassed by teenagers that died when he was a kid.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New DVD transfer October 9, 2007
By William
'Sometimes they Come Back' was a 1991 film based on a short story by Stephen King. It was filmed for TV and is a personal favourite. It is about a school teacher (Tim Matheson) who returns to his hometown to teach at a school. He has reservations about doing this because of a tragedy which occurred many years before. The movie has a real feel of eeriness about it, and while far fetched at times, is credible because of the way a person's mind can be affected by unresolved past issues. Definitely worth a viewing.

DVD BACKGROUND: This was first released on DVD in 2001 by a smaller DVD company. As a result the transfer was far from superior and looked like a straight video to DVD transfer. It was 1:33 full frame too. Initially I thought 1:33 was the correct framing since it had been filmed for TV back in 1991. In late 2007, MGM released the film on DVD. While Amazon list the technical details as 1:33, it is actually 2:35 widescreen anamorphic. Seeing the film like this has brought a whole new dimension to a great film. According to a website I looked at the other day, this film was indeed filmed in widescreen. Even more exciting is the new DVD image is a vast improvment on the earlier DVD. Beautifully cleaned up and all.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: A great adaptation of a short Stephen King story which has been re-released on DVD respectfully. A stellar image presented in its correct aspect ratio. If you have only ever seen this film in the cropped video version or cropped early DVD version, do yourself a favour and purchase the new MGM release and experience the film in glorious widescreen.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, bad dvd transfer! August 13, 2000
By Dawn
This is a great movie that is based on a rather strange short story by the master himself, Stephen King. The original short story was very short and had a "strange" ending. This movie, i my opinion is better than the story by far. The original short story I think is only 20 or 30 something pages and lacks alot of characterization. This movie fills in the giant hole that is in the short story. And believe it or not, this made-for-tv movie has great acting. The boys who play the hoods are pretty convincing--especially Richard Lawson. The story is about a teacher named Jim Norman who moves to a new town in whicch his brother was killed by a group of hoods in about thirty years earlier. He keeps having dreams about them that are haunting him. One day on of his students ends up missing and one of the dead hoods from the 50's is seating in his seat--for every person they kill another one comes back. Student after student keeps being killed and another after another hood returns to class for revenge. Th only way that they can be stopped is if they have a final confrontation with Jim back in the tunnel that claimed the lives of his brother and the hoods. The results are awesome. On another note the DVD isnt very good. The transfer doesnt seem to do the justice. The picture messes up every once and a while and sometimes i noticed that the words seem to not match their mouth! The sound is awesome though. Thank you for your time.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ....And I'm Not a Stephen King FAN!!!! July 13, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
While I don't relish in Horror pictures, something about the supernatural power of Good triumphing over Evil fascinates me. I have never been into KING. I do however love this movie and would watch it for years to come. It was scary, but not as gorry or as bloody as most. It was a great mystery that had you going until the very end. The best scene was the brother's return. I Cried!!! Not of Fright but of simple Emotion. IT IS A MUST SEE even if you are not into the KING!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes they come cheesy February 10, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This movie is another Stephen King story set to a low budget. However, it has a rather high fun factor due to the fact that it contains undead rock-a-rollers, and also one of the coolest cars seen in a movie. Take these away and there's not much left, but because of these elements, the movie takes on a weird life of it's own and therefore succeeds.

I saw this for the second time on Prime, and I had many laughs as I imagined the main character to be a psychotic guy who kept tripping out, and believed he (and his family) was being persecuted by the undead!

Unfortunately, this movie has some major flaws that are quite obvious and gives the viewer an overall impression of cheese.

For example, the wife character is grinning when she is confronted by the undead, like she's trying not to laugh and failing.

The undead look rather silly when they switch into "zombie mode" and the "flying chunks" are hilarious. The special effects are mediocre, and the plot itself is thin. I will not describe the ending, but suffice to say it is a cheese fest of epic proportions.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confronting The Past... May 8, 2005
Poor Jim Norman (Tim "Animal House" Matheson), he's just moved back to his hometown after a disastrous end to his teaching career in Chicago. In his new school, the principal hates him and his students are mostly hateful jocks. To make matters worse, Jim's memories of growing up in this town are dominated by the day his brother was killed 27 years earlier by four greasers in a black car. Jim wakes up nightly, deeply disturbed by realistic nightmares of the event. Soon, three of the kids in his class are murdered and replaced by the ghosts of three of the killers from Jim's past! You see, Jim's brother wasn't the only one who died that day. The punks who killed him were hit by a train! Now, Jim must face his past and deal with his fear in order to save himself and his family from certain death. Matheson is very good as Jim. His wife is played by Brooke Adams (Shock Waves, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers). The ghostly-greasers are certainly worthy of special mention, as they are truly menacing and funny in an evil sort of way. They seem like the kind of guys you might run into in some lonely alley. Guys who laugh and joke around while robbing and killing you! Just imagine these crazy types as seemingly indestructible undead who are after you and your loved ones! STCB is a nice little creeper to add to your next spook-a-thon...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Older Stephen King movie
I purchased this dvd because I remember seeing it on television when I was child and always liked it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by James C
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes They Come Back
One of Stephen King's better movies. This one is worth a watch. Didn't care for all the sequels that came afterwards. I can live without them.
Published 1 month ago by Johnny Pasta
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie. Takes me back to my childhood years.
I used to watch this movie all the time when I was a kid. Had it on VHS and pretty much wore it out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joel Vasquez
5.0 out of 5 stars stephen kings sometimes they come back
very hard to find this movie.. amazon always comes through. recommended to all fans of king. great sequel. enjoy we did
Published 2 months ago by dan machon sr.
1.0 out of 5 stars IM SO DISAPPOINTED
I NEVER RECEIVED THIS DVD BECAUSE THE COMPANY RAN OUT OF THEM. This was the movie I really wanted, but now I have to find it somewhere else
Published 4 months ago by danielle
1.0 out of 5 stars wouldn't recommend
Received a different movie than what this was. It was "sometimes they come back Again." The movie was returned and I was very unhappy that the wrong movie was sent.
Published 4 months ago by Korrie L. Richards
1.0 out of 5 stars Execrable
This was clearly such a poor-quality production in every sense from the outset that my daughter and I barely managed to get through the first twenty minutes. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eira
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
I'm the BIGGEST fan of King and love everything he has ever done! There's no one like him. Love him!
Published 6 months ago by Carolina Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Stephen King creepy mindblower...
This story is perhaps one of King's best. It takes a typical family and puts them " between a rock and a hard place". Read more
Published 6 months ago by Roy L. Rice
4.0 out of 5 stars I remembered it
I remembered this movie once I started watching it, it was really a great movie to watch really enjoyed it.
Published 10 months ago by Kenneth W Patterson
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