The Tommyknockers (1993)

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

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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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Something wonderful is happening in Haven. Pray it doesn't happen to you. See more »

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The plot where the wife kills her adulterous husband with the TV was earlier written as a short story called "The Revelations of 'Becca Paulson". See more »

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The Nutcracker doll's knife has blood on it before it stabs Ruth. See more »

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Roberta 'Bobbi' Anderson: [to Gard] It wasn't the plate that kept them out. It was you.
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Plan 9 from Stephen King
7 February 2010 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

Stephen King was bored one afternoon, so he scribbled out a story about some buried artifacts being uncovered and possessing people's brains. In this town, there's not much in the way of brains to take over. You know that somebody's possessed; how? They have green neon eyes, that's how. Why you hear little kids singing a jump-rope rhyme is never explained, but it sure is annoying.

Let's back up a moment. This is one of those King novels that was turned into a mini-series. Leave about 30% of the footage on the cutting room floor to shave this to its proper run time, and it would be better. The entire first two hours is character development: a complete waste of time because possessed people lose their personalities anyway. The blonde bimbo never has a personality-before or after possession-but I digress. The main problem is that the townsfolk are eminently boring. Those that get possessed, have weird green eyes, but they're still boring. There are some moments of gross-out bloody deaths, but somehow the film makes even these dull.

A quick note: the cast is not at fault for the shallow characters. The acting is rather professional and convincing (considering what they had to work with), and rises miles above the juvenile writing. The only fault the actors had was allowing their agents to sign them up for this pointless misfire.

The film does scratch out a few useful moments here and there; the closing sequence is interesting, even though it predictably fails to resolve anything.

Rent Plan 9, instead. At least that film is funny.


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