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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Stephen King (short story)
Lawrence Konner (teleplay) ...
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Release Date:
7 May 1991 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
"You can't kill, that's already dead". See more (47 total) »

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Directed by
Tom McLoughlin 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Stephen King (short story)

Lawrence Konner (teleplay) &
Mark Rosenthal (teleplay)

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer
Michael S. Murphey .... producer
Milton Subotsky .... co-producer
David C. Thomas .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Terry Plumeri 
 
Cinematography by
Bryan England 
 
Film Editing by
Charles Bornstein 
 
Casting by
David Cohn 
 
Production Design by
Philip Dean Foreman 
 
Art Direction by
Timothy R. Bauer 
 
Costume Design by
Karen Patch 
 
Makeup Department
Gabriel Bartalos .... makeup artist
Patti Brand .... makeup artist
Daniel Marc .... makeup artist
Joel Harlow .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
David C. Thomas .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hope R. Goodwin .... first assistant director
Cathy A. Roszell .... second assistant director (as Cathy Roszell)
Jonathan Giles Zimmerman .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Ronald Megee .... set dresser
Jerry Lynn Reed .... set dresser
David Yonally .... set dresser
Peter Mitchell Rubin .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeremy Hoenack .... supervising sound editor
Michael Payne .... sound supervisor
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer
Jerry Trent .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Martin Bresin .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Alan McFarland .... miniature train lighting effects
Rod Schumacher .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Rick Barker .... stunt coordinator
Martin Bresin .... stunt driver
Martin Bresin .... stunts
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
Don Ruffin .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Norman Bee .... camera operator
Adam Boster .... grip
Rocky Ford .... electrician
Michelle Madison .... camera loader
Dale Myrand .... first assistant camera: a camera
Ric Urbauer .... best boy grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Carol Flake .... costumer
Steven Scott Ford .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Albert Coleman .... assistant editor
Lucyna Wojciechowski .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Terry Plumeri .... orchestrator
Rick Winquest .... music recordist
Ross Wright .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Gracie Klein .... driver
 
Other crew
Ben Brunkhardt .... location scout
Summer Shipp .... production assistant
 

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Rated R for terror violence
Runtime:
97 min
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Trivia:
In the scene where John Porter picks up his mother's diary you can see the novel The Drawing of Three written by Stephen King under it.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Lawson says "get this bum out of my way before I slap him" at the end, his mouth does not match his voice.See more »
Quotes:
Richard Lawson:[Lawson, Vincent and North have Chip trapped in their car] Well boys, what's it gonna take to scare this guy?
Vinnie Vincent:[smiles] "The face"
Richard Lawson:...North, you do it.
David North:Nah, it's for kids.
Vinnie Vincent:I'll do it.
[Vincent looks away, and looks back. He shows his real face, his dead face - he laughs]
David North:No, it ain't working man, he's not scared. Are ya Chippie, ya nuckle head!
[North noogies Chip's head then he turns dead too, so does Lawson. Vincent and North each grab one of Chip's legs and his shirt]
Richard Lawson:[Turns round and takes out a switchblade] Time to rock, jock!
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Features King Kong (1976)See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"You can't kill, that's already dead"., 30 October 2011
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

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."

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