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Have you been recently introduced to horror movies? You want to explore the genre and don’t know where to start? Here are 101 simple and accessible ranked horror movies you should definitely check out. How many have you seen?

Spontaneous Combustion

A man who can start fire with his mind finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born.

 

United States
1990
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Babies: 
Newborn
Relative: 
Offspring
Catastrophes: 
Biohazard
Fire
4
Brad Dourif on fire!
6
4
6
6
2
3
2
Performances
Plot
Effects
At its worst, Spontaneous Combustion looks and feels like a generic made-for-TV movie. At its best, passed the halfway mark, it is a poor man’s Stephen King’s Firestarter. Brad Dourif gives a good performance, but he struggles with a strange character. The casting isn’t all that, yet he’s the only reason we give a damn. His presence makes this film comfortable at best.
The script goes in strange places while hardly reaching its milestones. It is monotone, anticlimactic and tasteless. It has no build-up. It has great special effects, though, especially when it comes to fire ignition. The story is kind of dumb but we roll with it because this is what horror movies are, right? The shark is jumped several times, leaving us continuously confused.
When your main protagonist is a psychic, there’s a good chance your villain works for the government or is from some greedy scientific corporation. You know the drill. You know how this starts and, probably, how it ends, too. Spontaneous Combustion was written on auto-pilot but well executed. Somebody had to come up with a movie about this strange phenomenon and Tobe Hooper stepped forward.
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