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Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996)

R  |  Video  |   |  Horror  |  3 September 1996 (USA)
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A man returns to his hometown only to be haunted by ghostly teenagers.

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Jon Porter returns to his hometown after the sudden and bizarre death of his mother. He hopes to leave as soon as the funeral is over but it's too late. The sinister forces that caused his sister's brutal murder 30 years ago are back. Jon knows the nightmare can't continue. He must stand up to his fear and exorcise the demons who have risen again to take posession of his beautiful teenage daughter - body and soul. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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When Jon opens the dresser drawer and finds his mother's diary, another Stephen King book, The Dark Tower 2, can be seen. See more »

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When Tony taps the blood pool with his knife, the edges of the pool set on fire. If you look closely, surrounding the pool is a ring that allows the fire to ignite. See more »

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Tony Reno: [to Steve as he is held underground] Hey, Steve! I've been thinking... we never had a chance to get to know each other. You know, I'm not such a bad guy once you get to know me. Here's a question: If a gardener with a big mouth is alone in the field being tortured and no-one has to hear him scream, does it still hurt?
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After the credits, Alexis Arquette re-appears in the psychiatrist's office to announce that he's back. See more »

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Followed by Sometimes They Come Back... for More (1998) See more »

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Inside Of Me
Written by: Jonathan Grossman (I)
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A different take on the story
26 September 2012 | by (Cleburne, TX) – See all my reviews

Direct-to-video sequel is actually more of a re-adaptation of Stephen King's original story. Michael Gross plays a psychiatrist who goes back to his hometown following his mother's death. Accompanying him is his teenage daughter, Michelle (a young Hilary Swank). Gross soon realizes that they're being targeted by the men who sacrificed his sister in a satanic ritual 27 years earlier, only they're no longer human.

In some ways, this is better than the first film. For one, it features an overall darker tone. It doesn't get all sappy either, and the idea to have the gang return as demons instead of ghosts works well, also tying into a ritual from the original story that the first adaptation omitted. I preferred the father/daughter dynamic over the family one, and the addition of side characters, Maria and Jules, was certainly welcome.

On the other hand, even as demons, Alexis Arquette and company didn't come off quite as menacing as the gang from the previous flick. I think that had to do with some lame one-liners. There's also the fact that I recognized one of the gang, Glen Beaudin, from the silly 90's TV series, "Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad", so it's hard to take him too seriously as a threat. The priest character is way over the top as well, and the annoying lawnmower idiot couldn't get off my screen fast enough.

Still, this is a fun take on the King tale, and we get some interesting imagery such as death by flying tarot cards and Swank getting it on with a demonized Arquette. It's far from great, but it makes a nice companion to the first, as both have their qualities and misfires.


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