5.8/10
8,947
65 user 55 critic

Sometimes They Come Back (1991)

A man and his family return to his hometown, where he is then harassed by teenagers that died when he was a kid.

Director:

Tom McLoughlin

Writers:

Stephen King (short story), Lawrence Konner (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
2,593 ( 388)
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A man and his daughter return to his hometown only to be terrorized by demons who had sacrificed the man's sister in the past.

Director: Adam Grossman
Stars: Michael Gross, Alexis Arquette, Hilary Swank
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A reporter is on the trail of a vampiric murderer who travels by plane.

Director: Mark Pavia
Stars: Miguel Ferrer, Julie Entwisle, Dan Monahan
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

On a arctic circle radio shack, an ancient evil lurks, ready to strike at a psychologist, an army man and their collective forces.

Director: Daniel Zelik Berk
Stars: Clayton Rohner, Faith Ford, Max Perlich
Crime | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A mysterious new shop opens in a small town which always seems to stock the deepest desires of each shopper, with a price far heavier than expected.

Director: Fraser C. Heston
Stars: Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The small town of Haven becomes a hot-bed of inventions all run by a strange green power device. The whole town is digging something up in the woods, and only an alcoholic poet can discover... See full summary »

Stars: Jimmy Smits, Marg Helgenberger, John Ashton
The Dark Half (1993)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A writer's fictional alter ego wants to take over his life...at any price.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker
Thinner (1996)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An obese attorney is cursed by a gypsy to rapidly and uncontrollably lose weight.

Director: Tom Holland
Stars: Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Lucinda Jenney
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

In a very old textile mill with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.

Director: Ralph S. Singleton
Stars: David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht
Cat's Eye (1985)
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.

Director: Lewis Teague
Stars: Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King
Silver Bullet (1985)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives the paralytic Marty Coslaw, his uncle, and his sister, the story's narrator.

Director: Daniel Attias
Stars: Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim
Sleepwalkers (1992)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.

Director: Mick Garris
Stars: Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige
Desperation (TV Movie 2006)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

When a sheriff arrests a writer, a family, a couple, and a hitchiker and throws them in a jail cell in the deserted town of Desperation, they must fight for their lives.

Director: Mick Garris
Stars: Tom Skerritt, Steven Weber, Annabeth Gish
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Matheson ... Jim Norman
Brooke Adams ... Sally Norman
Robert Rusler ... Richard Lawson
Chris Demetral ... Wayne Norman
Robert Hy Gorman ... Scott Norman
William Sanderson ... Carl Mueller (age 44)
Nicholas Sadler ... Vinnie Vincent
Bentley Mitchum Bentley Mitchum ... David North
Matt Nolan ... Billy Sterns
Tasia Valenza ... Kate
Chadd Nyerges ... Chip
T. Max Graham T. Max Graham ... Chief Pappas
William Kuhlke William Kuhlke ... Principal Simmons
Duncan McLeod Duncan McLeod ... Old Officer Neil
Nancy McLoughlin Nancy McLoughlin ... Dr. Bernardi
Edit

Storyline

Desperate for a job to help him support his family, Jim Norman takes a position teaching high school in the town where his brother was murdered in front of him by teenage bullies twenty-seven years before. The teens who committed the crime are long dead, but now the kids in Jim's new class keep dying and being replaced by new students who look like the deceased hoodlums. Written by mrosesteed

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sometimes They Come Back See more »

Filming Locations:

Kansas CIty, Kansas, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The production of this film was shut down at one point due to an intense electrical storm. See more »

Goofs

When they return the greasers are able to drive their car without the keys which Jim took from the crash scene in 1963. So why do they need them to drive out of the tunnel during the finale? See more »

Quotes

Richard Lawson: [to Chip] Time to rock, jock!
See more »

Connections

Followed by Sometimes They Come Back... for More (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"You can't kill, that's already dead".
30 October 2011 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Another adaptation from the Stephen King staple, but this small story is given a little more weight and probably from that gets a little too bogged down and brightly overwrought. Making it somewhat irregular in tone, mainly around the jaded flashback sequences that always inter-cut the present time. Although atmospheric (those sounds we hear which are not there) and unpleasant in parts, it could have been a much darker journey than it was. Still what we got were some solid performances, creepy imagery of our demonic thugs and their done-up car, well placed suspense and a gripping little tale of history repeating itself, but with our protagonist trying everything to make sure it doesn't. A man and his family head back to his hometown for a teaching job, but are still haunted by the childhood death of his older brother caused by a teenage gang who died at the same time in a train accident. But then the heartache comes flooding back when he is harassed in and out of the classroom by the demonic teenagers that killed his brother wanting revenge for their deaths. The plot actually at first plays around with the idea that maybe it's all in the protagonist's weary mind after the first death, but soon enough that's psychological angle is shot down when the first dead teenager makes a classroom appearance. There the tension, while basic gradually builds up as Matheson's character goes toe to toe with the vengeful dead while no one around him believes him. Robert Rusler is truly menacing as the hot-headed leader and Nicolas Sadler is devilishly sly as one of the members. In their decayed make-up, it was a ghastly sight. Tim Matheson's tormented turn is very well pitched, as he battles past events and reality as the two come together in a nightmarish ordeal. Brooke Adams' is affably good and William Sanderson also shows up a minor part. Director Tom McLaughlin (who was behind other horror efforts "One Dark Night" and "Friday the 13th Part 6") gets the most out of this TV production, as while it looks cheap and it could have been much tauter it has some stylish touches, lyrical camera-work and a hankering for numerous slow motion reactions.

"I can't keep running."


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 65 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed