The Tommyknockers (1993)

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A buried UFO slowly turns local inhabitants into gizmo-building alien mutates.

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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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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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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 Gard is on the disk that controls the ship, he has a nose bleed. His face is alternately clean/bloody in subsequent shots. See more »


Roberta 'Bobbi' Anderson: [to Gard] It wasn't the plate that kept them out. It was you.
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Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Performed by Joanna Cassidy
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no tension
21 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's the small town of Haven Falls, Maine. Bryant Brown (Robert Carradine) owns the local diner. Sheriff Ruth Merrill (Joanna Cassidy) is a doll collector. Nancy Voss (Traci Lords) is the vain postmaster who is having an affair with fellow postal worker Joe Paulson (Cliff De Young) who is cheating on his wife Deputy Becka Paulson (Allyce Beasley). Bobbi Anderson (Marg Helgenberger) discovers something mysterious in the woods and feels driven to start digging it up. Jim Gardner (Jimmy Smits) is her recovering alcoholic boyfriend. Trooper Butch Duggan (John Ashton) is sweet on Sheriff Ruth who was his partner's wife. People in town start putting together gadgets that are powered by a green light and reading others' minds.

I wonder if this is better as a shorter movie rather than a 3 hour mini-series. There isn't any mystery since almost everything is laid out right away anyways. It feels too extended with sections that has no tension. The acting is generally good with solid TV actors. It's definitely not cinematic. It's a middling adaptation of yet another Stephen King novel. It's like an extremely extended Twilight Zone episode.

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