A forgettable movie about buried memories
Sometimes They Come Back isn’t the best short story adaptation to ever come out of a book by Stephen King, but it’s not the worst either. This one is rather dialogue-driven, but is surreal enough to keep the audience interested. The performances are strong and the bad guys, a bunch of rockabilly, are an interesting cast.
The first act lets us presume the antagonists are ghosts, demons, revenant, or some sort of hybrid. The line is never fully traced and the ambiguity works to the film’s advantage. They are basically violent, classic bullies from the 50’s but enhanced by immortality. This is the kind of villain that laughs at you and humiliates you before it kills you. Creepy!
Sometimes They Come Back shouldn't constantly bombard us with flashbacks, visions and dream sequences, and shouldn't rely so much on editing. A lot happens in the protagonist’s head and it mostly doesn't translate well. A more intricate cinematography could have conveyed his thoughts more clearly, but, as it stands, the movie is simply decent and, sadly, not memorable.