Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror films from the 2000’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
A decent slow-burn...
By trying to piece together the events of 1984’s Firestarter, the writers end up taking many liberties and re-writing the core elements of the original classic to the point of obsoleteness. The end result is still very interesting considering this is a TV movie with a restrained budget. The 3-D and compositing effects have their limitations and stunts are sparse.
The film is a little under three hours, but it never feels out of material. It is well paced, directed and shot; the set design is adequate and at time surpasses expectations for this kind of production. Some characters, children mainly, have poorly written role and behave abnormally. The older actors pull it off better with deeper characters and more intricate dialog.
The writers manage to put a lot of meat around a fairly simple story. Parallel to the main storyline are flashbacks, nightmare sequences and various subplots involving other psychics and the secret organization that wants them studied or killed. The slower moments of the films are redeemed by a grandiose and highly imaginative third act that you won't see coming and will leave you breathless.