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Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996)

A man and his daughter return to his hometown only to be terrorized by demons who had sacrificed the man's sister in the past.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Porter
Michelle Porter
Vinnie Ritacco
Glen Beaudin ...
Sean Patrick
Jules Martin
Maria Moore
Father Archer Roberts (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Young Jon
Gabriel Dell Jr. ...
Steve Pagel
Young Alan
Leslie Danon ...
Lisa Porter
Jennifer Hadley
Michael Stadvec ...
Phil Thorn
Andree Gibbs ...
Page Porter


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sometimes They Come Back 2  »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


The newspaper clipping Michelle reads about Lisa's death has the names of various crew members: The writer of the article is Adam Grossman, the actual director of the film as well the writer of both this film and Sometimes They Come Back... for More (1998). The woman who finds Lisa's body is Heidi S. Pavey, the film's production coordinator. The officer she calls is Aaron Osborne, the film's production designer. The spokesman for the mining company is Michael L. Meltzer, the film's producer. See more »


When Steve is removing the shoe from his mower, he puts on a pair of gloves. When his hat blows off and he jumps on it, his gloves are neatly tucked into his pocket. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

After the credits, Alexis Arquette re-appears in the psychiatrist's office to announce that he's back. See more »


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


Where Truth Lies
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Written by Jonathan Grossman
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Solid Horror Film With Michael Gross At The Helm.
3 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

I wonder if these idiots have actually seen this film before they review it and give the low ratings. I give it a solid 10. The special-effects, sound-effects and all round acting is top-notch.

This film is a sequel to the film Sometimes They Come Back (1991) based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.

This film stars veteran actor Michael Gross and an added bonus: the gorgeous beauty Hilary Swank. Michael Gross isn't an imbecile to sign on for a film whose script isn't good. He thoroughly commands this film and his expressions throughout the film are believable.

Hilary Swank on the other hand is the plot device on which the film hinges on. She is rightfully chosen for the film because of her seductive looks.

The villain of the film is played by the awesome Alexis Arquette.

Plot: Psychologist Jon Porter (Michael Gross) learns that his mother has just mysteriously fallen to her death. Jon and his teenage daughter Michelle (Hilary Swank) return to Jon's hometown of Glenrock for his mother's funeral. Once there, painful memories return. Thirty years earlier, when Jon was a child, he witnessed the brutal murder of his older sister Lisa (Leslie Danon), who was stabbed to death in a cave by a thug named Tony Reno (Alexis Arquette) and his two friends Vinnie (Bojesse Christopher) and Sean (Glen Beauden). But Jon managed to throw an electrical wire into a puddle of bloody water they were standing in, killing all three of them.

Michelle becomes friends with mentally retarded gardener Steve (Gabriel Dell Jr.), as well as two girls, boy-crazy Maria (Jennifer Aspen), and Maria's psychic best friend, Jules (Jennifer Elise Cox), who used to clean her grandmother's house. The night after the funeral, they invite Michelle to go to the dinner with them, saying they would like to get to know her before she goes home for her 18th birthday. At the dinner, the girls are greeted by a boy who looks a lot like Tony Reno, even with the same name. While Maria develops a crush on him, he seems to be attracted to Michelle. He gives Michelle an old wristwatch as an early birthday present, then leaves. Maria and Jules are then murdered.

Meanwhile, Jon is pestered by Father Archer Roberts (W. Morgan Sheppard), a priest he came to when Lisa was murdered. He tells Jon his mother's death was not an accident.

Verdict: An excellent sequel, and a different take to the original. Add it to your horror DVD collection without delay...

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