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Tobe Hooper (story)
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Release Date:
23 February 1990 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him. | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Loses Its Way See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Brad Dourif ... Sam
Cynthia Bain ... Lisa Wilcox

Jon Cypher ... Dr. Marsh

William Prince ... Lew Orlander

Melinda Dillon ... Nina

Dey Young ... Rachel
Tegan West ... Springer
Michael Keys Hall ... Dr. Cagney

Dale Dye ... General

Dick Butkus ... Lt. General
Joe Mays ... Dr. Persons

Stacy Edwards ... Peggy Bell

Brian Bremer ... Brian Bell
Frank Whiteman ... Young Orlander

Judy Prescott ... Student Director
Judy Behr ... School Nurse
Betsy Thomas ... Nurse at Hospital

John Landis ... Radio Technician
Jaime Alba ... Walter (as Jamie Alba)
Mark Roberts ... Dr. Simpson
Dick Warlock ... Mr. Fitzpatrick (as Richard Warlock)

Judith Jones ... Jennifer
William Forward ... Scientist (as Bill Forward)

Ron Blair ... Maitre 'D
Mimi Wearn ... Vicky
Sandy Ignon ... Doctor in 50's
Nick Gambella ... Student in Theater
Patricia Gallagher Layton ... Maid
Barbara Leary ... Amy Whitaker
Paul Barresi ... Hospital Guard

George 'Buck' Flower ... Preacher on Radio
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Brock ... Paramedic (uncredited)

André De Toth ... Vandenmeer (uncredited)

Deb Havener ... Military Dancer / Hostess (uncredited)

Directed by
Tobe Hooper 
 
Writing credits
Tobe Hooper (story)

Tobe Hooper (screenplay) and
Howard Goldberg (screenplay)

Produced by
Henry Bushkin .... executive producer
Sanford Hampton .... associate producer
Jerry Lambert .... co-producer (as Jerrold W. Lambert)
Jim Rogers .... producer
Arthur M. Sarkissian .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
 
Cinematography by
Levie Isaacks 
 
Film Editing by
David Kern 
 
Casting by
Carol Lewis 
 
Production Design by
Gene Abel 
 
Art Direction by
Richard N. McGuire (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Ann Job 
 
Costume Design by
Carin Hooper 
 
Makeup Department
Tony Hooper .... makeup effects
Michael R. Jones .... special makeup effects artist
Eric H. Lasher .... special makeup effects artist
Kerry Mendenhall .... head hair stylist
Bill Miller-Jones .... makeup artist
Steve Neill .... special makeup effects
Doreen F. Schultz .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Sanford Hampton .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen David Brooks .... second unit director
Michael Looney .... second assistant director
Robinson Miller .... second second assistant director
Paul Moen .... first assistant director
Kristi 'Kat' Morias .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Frank Bertolino .... property master
Bill H. Roberts Jr. .... property master
Christine H. Scott .... set dresser
Lance Simco .... supervising scenic artist
Robert A. Sturtevant .... lead propmaker
John Eaves .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Kelly Cabral .... sound editor
Patrick Cabral .... foley artist
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Craig Felburg .... sound mixer
Cameron Hamza .... sound mixer
Stanley Kastner .... sound re-recording mixer
Don MacDougall .... sound re-recording mixer
Ken Stephens .... boom operator
Christopher M. Taylor .... boom operator (as Christopher Taylor)
 
Special Effects by
Tony Hooper .... special mechanical effects
Eric H. Lasher .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Stephen David Brooks .... optical and visual effects supervisor (as Stephen Brooks)
Clint Colver .... animation supervisor
Roger Dorney .... post-production optical supervisor
John Dykstra .... special effects consultant
Tony Hooper .... optical fire effects
Michael Douglas Middleton .... visual effects optical still photographer
Joseph Yanuzzi .... optical effects editor
 
Stunts
Rick Barker .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Monty Cox .... stunts
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts
Greg Gault .... stunt coordinator: first unit
Paula Marie Moody .... stunts (as Paula Moody)
Don Pike .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts (as Debbie Ross)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (as Richard Warlock)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Bernstein .... second assistant camera
Monica Carey .... assistant camera
Molly Cheshire .... best boy electric
Richard Crompton .... dolly grip
Dana Gonzales .... first assistant camera
Todd Griffith .... key grip
David Hayball .... gaffer
William K. Koski .... electrician
Eric H. Lasher .... still photographer
Michael Lund .... second assistant camera
John Nuler .... Steadicam operator
Mónica Silvera .... clapper loader
Monty Spillers .... best boy grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julia Gombert .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Syd Cole .... negative cutter
Jeff Smithwick .... color timer
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Herman Hadler .... picture cars
Lawrence Morgan .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Seth Cirker .... location manager
Stan Giesea .... journalist
Rochell Linker Goodrich .... production coordinator
Nan Herst .... unit publicist
Nancy Karlin .... script supervisor
Marc Kunis .... production accountant
Zachary Selig .... consultant: paranormal phenomena
Jeanne Talbot .... additional script supervisor
 

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97 min | Argentina:96 min | Finland:89 min (cut)
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The first draft of the script was written in three weeks.See more »
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Continuity: The position of the syringe stuck in Lisa, changes.See more »
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Loses Its Way, 12 November 2007
Author: jonathon_naylor from Manitoba, Canada

It's not so much that SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION had little potential. Indeed the under-explored title phenomenon is quite intriguing and, for at least the opening half, this Tobe Hooper effort promises to entertain in a way only cheesy '90s horror can. But somewhere between Brad Dourif's on-again-off-again performance and the overly intricate plot, this would-be thriller loses its way.

Dourif, featured here before his built-in horror fan base had accumulated, is average guy Sam. Of course average guys don't stay average for long in horror movies, so after a well-done origin outline, we see Sam's various body parts start to ignite. Soon he's igniting other people, too, much to the consternation of gal pal Lisa, played unmemorably by Cynthia Bain.

While the title of the film implies a fire-happy monster on the loose, director Hooper opted to make Sam an unwilling killer. This approach gives the film an added human depth it would otherwise lack, but it also prevents us from truly fearing the human flamethrower. We're left wondering whether this would have worked better as a straight-up villain-versus-everyone effort ala NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.

SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION is a pretty nominal effort when all is said and done. It will carry added appeal for Dourif's fans and those who can't get enough 1990s horror, be it good, bad or in between, but only on a slow night.

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