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Sometimes They Come Back -- This adaptation of Stephen King's thriller is about a man (Tim Matheson) who returns to his hometown after 27 years. Soon he is tormented by ghosts of the dead teens who killed his brother, then died in freak accident, a train wreck, years before.  As students in his class die, they are replaced by the killers.


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Writers (WGA):
Stephen King (short story)
Lawrence Konner (teleplay) ...
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Release Date:
7 May 1991 (USA) See more »
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 »
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Directed by
Tom McLoughlin 
Writing credits
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
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
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

In 1996 Hillary Swank appeared in a sequel named Sometimes They Come Back Again with Michael Gross from TV series Family Ties. Part three of this fantasy horror trilogy was made in 1998.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Jim confronts Mueller for the first time, he accuses him of having punched Wayne, knocked him down and kicked him. In the flashback of this incident seen earlier, Mueller never did such a thing.See more »
Jim Norman:[after Vinnie takes out a switchblade] Do you wanna give that to me?
Vinnie Vincent:Oh I'd LOVE to give it to you.
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Movie Connections:
Features "The Soupy Sales Show" (1959)See more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Its not really that bad, 8 March 2002
Author: Nikki Herzog from Canada

I will admit that this is not the best adaptation of a Stephen King work, but there have been worse. 'The Langoliers' comes to mind. I am a big fan of Stephen King. I own most of his novels. I have read this short story, and honestly I like this movie. I have seen it at least 100 times, so I finally bought a copy of it.

Out of the three 'Sometimes They Come Back' movies the original is by far the best and the most plausible (if you believe in ghosts). Above all you have to remember that this is Stephen doesn't have to be believable. Thats the beauty of it. In fact because his name was on it was the whole reason I watched it in the first place.

And if it gets you to watch it to judge for yourself, it has a really sweet car in it!

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