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Stephen King's Sometimes They Come Back / Sometimes They Come Back Again

4.1 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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Product Description

Double feature. Run time approximately 195 minutes.

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And sometimes they come back... for the franchise! Aaaaaaaaargh! Though a TV movie franchise is a somewhat subliminal thing. This double-feature DVD contains one movie based on a story by Stephen King, and another movie based loosely on the first movie. More of a variations on a theme than a continuance. In Sometimes They Come Back, Tim Matheson is made to relive a boyhood tragedy that claimed the life of his brother when the group of bullies who waylaid him in a train tunnel way back when come back from the dead to settle an old score. Convincingly scary as this is, side B is even better, having upped the ante from the demonic bullies of the first movie to the satanic worshippers of the second. This time it's Michael Gross who needs to learn that you can't escape your past, having as a kid thwarted the satanists who claimed the life of his sister, and who lately have returned to kill his mother and are now after his daughter. The effects are great here, with a standout being the formation of a demon from a pool of blood. One of the Arquette clan, Alexis Arquette, as head of the satanic ritualists (Vinnie Barbarino meets Marilyn Manson), is a kind of special effect all by himself, grinning and mugging with uncontained glee at the most splatter-heavy moments. Followed by a sequel, Sometimes They Come Back... for More. --Jim Gay

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Gross, Alexis Arquette, Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Hilary Swank
  • Directors: Adam Grossman, Tom McLoughlin
  • Writers: Adam Grossman, Guy Riedel, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Stephen King
  • Producers: Barry Barnholtz
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 1998
  • Run Time: 195 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1573623911
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,395 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stephen King's Sometimes They Come Back / Sometimes They Come Back Again" on IMDb

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By AWOL on September 16, 2014
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After reading the reviews that some people didn't receive both movies, I was worried. My package arrived, and the cover didn't look like the picture on the website--it just said, "Sometimes They Come Back." I had a mini freakout, but then I put the disc in the player, and one side was the first movie, one side was the second. I'm so happy to add this to my collection!
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The first movie is good and a classic piece with Tim Matheson but the second movie with Alexis Arquette and Hilary Swank is better in my opinion. Alexis is so creepy as the devil incarnate and the gory way people die is a plus for horror fans. Michael Gross is also at his top form as the Father of Hilary's character. Not too serious but highly entertaining and good at Halloween time.
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The movie starts out with two brothers taking a short cut through a train tunnel. Some dime-store hoods show up, bully the two as it goes to far and they knife the older brother. A train comes along and kills the gang who are stuck on the tracks inside their car. Years later, the ghosts of the killed punks come back to haunt the now grown main-character and his family. More like terrorize the now high school teacher. Pretty good movie. Check it out.
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Sometimes They Come Back:

Sometimes They Come Back was the beginning of a 3 part Stephen King trilogy that spanned throughout different years in the 90s. None of the 3 films were ever released in theaters but instead made for TV movies.

Sometimes They Come Back was the first of this trilogy that came out in 1991 and is based off of Stephen King’s short story under the same name. The plot revolves around 36 year old Jimmy Norman who has relocated back to his childhood town with his wife, Sally and his son, Scott to be a high school teacher. Jim left the town after his older brother; Wayne was murdered by a group of greasers by the names of Richard Lawson, Vinnie Vincent, and David North in 1963 in a train tunnel. The greaser crooks were killed shortly after via an oncoming train that sent their car bursting into flames.

Now as the anniversary of Wayne’s death is approaching, Jim begins having nightmares and recollections of his brother’s death. As Jim begins bonding with some of his students, they begin getting killed off in ways that are made to look like suicides. For every student killed off, they’re replaced in class with a member of the greaser gang who have now been resurrected as demons.

Jim realizes that Lawson, Vincent, and North have returned from the dead to exact revenge on him for their death many years before and that they plan on killing him the same way they killed his brother in the train tunnel with his wife and son as bait. Jim has been running from the past ever since Wayne died, but now Jim is forced to stop running and battle his past demons that are hell-bent on killing him too.

Overall: This was a great movie to start off the trilogy.
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two awesome movies you can watch each together or alone since nothing connects them other than stephen king's name. cool movies. unfortunately in dvd form you cant buy them seperately. to buy them seperately you got to go vhs. the only dvd available for the original is region 2.
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I bought the movie and it claims that there are two movies included. Sometimes they come back and Sometimes they come back again. When I received the movie it was only the movie Sometimes they come back. So don't be disappointed when you think you are getting 2 and only get 1.

***I wanted to let you all know that Amazon made good on the mistake and reimbursed me half of the price. I did not expect or want the refund I just wanted people to know that it was only 1 movie.

The first movie was the only good one anyway. Thanks again Amazon!
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Hilary Swank has always been blessed with a spectacularly hot body. She is probably the hottest "tomboy" in movie history.
Imagine her in a movie where she and her hot and horny little girlfriends wear denim miniskirts while being preyed on by a lusting teenage reincarnation of Satan.
This movie may be dumb, shallow and a mess.
But it is almost always a visual feast. Miniskirt leg freaks rejoice!!
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I suppose there is no harm in ordering this two-movie set, since it seems to be the same price as the first movie alone, but it might be better not to bother, as the second movie kind of spoils the tighter plot line of the first. If I could I would give the first movie 4 stars (5 if you love the genre) and the second one star (zero if you like Stephen King).

The first movie is based on a King short story in the compilation "Night Shift." It is a nicely done tale in the vein of the revenge drama, where those who have a grudge against someone return to wear down and destroy their antagonist. In that sense, "Sometimes They Come Back" has a dramatic core familiar from "Kiss of Death" or "Cape Fear," both movies where a resentful and psychotic gangster returns to destroy the person who they blame for their imprisonment. In "Sometimes" three kids who harassed the protagonist as a child and killed his brother return from the dead to avenge themselves for their own deaths, which occurred accidentally in the old incident.

The movie interprets the King story quite nicely. The changes made to the last third of the short story don't take too much away from the original ending, and in some ways add to it.

But "Sometimes They Come Back Again" comes from the "we made money from the first, let's see if we can squeeze out a few extra nickels" school of film writing. The story tries to borrow the same three characters (or ones that look like them) with a different plot line. It brings in Satanism, a boring mysterious priest, a little satanic cheesecake, and a plot that might have made a 30-minute TV show. At the end it uses part of the ending of the original King story out of context, where it should have been left well enough alone.
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