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The Tommyknockers (1993)

TV Mini-Series  |  R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi
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A buried UFO slowly turns local inhabitants into gizmo-building alien mutates.

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Series cast summary:
 Jim 'Gard' Gardner (unknown episodes)


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 the secret of the Tommyknockers. Written by Niz

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You can't run. You can't hide. You can only become... One of them. See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi terror/horror | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Tommyknockers  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of the film refers to folklore about subterranean ghosts or creatures who are believed to menace miners. The 'Tommyknockers' of the film are, of course, the possessive alien spirits inside the buried spacecraft. See more »


When Tracy goes to open the lipstick laser to use it on Gard, the lipstick appears instead of the green laser, as in all the other scenes when she went to use the laser, there was no lipstick in it. See more »


Roberta 'Bobbi' Anderson: [to Gard] It wasn't the plate that kept them out. It was you.
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Referenced in Haven: The Trial of Audrey Parker (2010) See more »


The Star-Spangled Banner
Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Performed by Joanna Cassidy
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It came from out of the sky.
17 November 2001 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This adaption of Stephen King's novel leaves a lot to be desired. Even the book was a slow read; but some major elements of the novel and lead characters were totally reworked for the movie and King's intent is by the wayside. A UFO crash lands in the forest guarding Haven, Maine and the impact burrows the craft into the ground. Eminent vibrations from the alien craft has citizens creating mechanical gadgets for no good reason, while some of the inhabitants just disappear or gravitate to the dig site trying to unearth the alien ship.

Jimmy Smits seems out of place playing the alcoholic writer and eventual hero. His awkward performance still out shines the rest of the cast except for Marg Helgenberger. She is very easy on the eye and plays her character flawlessly. Former porn star Traci Lords still needs a lot of work to move into mainstream movies. Her part was played over the top and becomes quite irritating. Not as abrasive as Allyce Beasley and Robert Carradine. Cliff De Young plays the cheating husband effortlessly. Joanna Cassidy and E.G. Marshall round out the diverse cast.

The special effects, namely the aliens buried in the craft are pretty top notch for a made-for-TV project. Stephen King is my favorite writer and I do have to agree with those that think Tommyknockers is no where near his better work. But in this case, read the book first and then watch this presentation. It is not what it could have been...better.

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