This book contains 180 horror movie reviews; five of the best releases for each year between 1980 and 2016. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.
Brad Dourif on fire!
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.