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Sometimes They Come Back (1991)

A man and his family return to his hometown, where he is then harassed by teenagers that died when he was a kid.


Tom McLoughlin


Stephen King (based on a short story by), Lawrence Konner (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Matheson ... Jim Norman
Brooke Adams ... Sally Norman
Robert Rusler ... Lawson
Chris Demetral ... Wayne Norman
Robert Hy Gorman ... Scott Norman
William Sanderson ... Mueller
Nicholas Sadler ... Vinnie
Bentley Mitchum Bentley Mitchum ... North
Matt Nolan ... Billy
Tasia Valenza ... Kate
Chadd Nyerges ... Chip
T. Max Graham T. Max Graham ... Chief Pappas
William Kuhlke William Kuhlke ... Principal Simmons
Duncan McLeod Duncan McLeod ... Old Officer Neil
Nancy McLoughlin Nancy McLoughlin ... Dr. Bernardi


Desperate for a job to help him support his family, Jim Norman takes a position teaching high school in the town where his brother was murdered in front of him by teenage bullies twenty-seven years before. The teens who committed the crime are long dead, but now the kids in Jim's new class keep dying and being replaced by new students who look like the deceased hoodlums. Written by mrosesteed

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This was the final film produced by Milton Subotsky. He would receive an on-screen credit on the sequel, "Sometimes they Come Back...Again" (1996), produced years after his passing. See more »


When Lawson says "get this bum out of my way before I slap him" at the end, his mouth does not match his voice. See more »


Vinnie Vincent: [to Jimi] Speaking of family, how's that kid of yours?
David North: I bet he's chicken; just like his old man.
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Features King Kong (1976) See more »

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Nice little TV movie. Some of those slick teens are very cool.
12 June 2015 | by Finfrosk86See all my reviews

Here's that Stephen King-feeling! I typically love Stephen Kings work. I am also of those who think several of the movies based on his stuff, are pretty good. Some film makers manage to get that feeling, that Stephen King-feeling across very well. Others don't.

This is clearly a TV movie, but that doesn't mean it can't be good! I really like this story, I haven't read it so I don't know if the movie differs a lot from Kings original story, but that doesn't matter, because this is a movie!

The story is cool, like I said, I really like the setting and some of the performances from some of the actors. Some slick teens. Very neatly done. It's an eeriness, and a am-I-dreaming?-kind of feeling. I loved that.

I didn't find it very scary, but it was entertaining, and the King-feel really shone through.

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Release Date:

7 May 1991 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Kansas CIty, Kansas, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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