Sometimes They Come Back

A history teacher's students reported missing are being replaced by bullies from his past.
United States
1991
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Ghost Film
Revenant Film
Sadist: 
Torturer
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Impostor
Prankster
Dimensional: 
Hellish
Nightmare
Unknown
5.04
A forgettable movie about buried memories
6
4
6
6
2
3
3
Performances
Editing
Plot
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.
Alternate Titles: 
Stephen King's 'Sometimes They Come Back'
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