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The Tommyknockers (1993)

Cast: Jimmy Smits, Jimmy Smits, Marg Helgenberger, more...
Director: John Power, John Power
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction , Supernatural/Occult, Aliens
Running Time: 181 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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Adapted for TV, this is a Stephen King story in which an aspiring writer and an alcoholic poet (with a metal plate in his head, no less) literally stumble over a long-buried spaceship while walking in the woods. It starts glowing green when uncovered and soon everyone in town has green eyes, their teeth fall out and they act out all of their fantasies (violent or otherwise). Guess who's immune to the power of this alien spaceship? You got it--our good old metal-headed poet can save the day if he can get it together enough to do so. Really more of a B movie than most King horrorfests. ~ Tana Hobart, All Movie Guide

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Go read the book by Trevin July 8, 2005 - 11:32 PM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I saw this movie when it aired on television, after having recently read the book on which it is based. I was terribly disappointed. It's generally accepted that films are rarely as good as the books they are based on, but usually they're still good films just the same. Not this one. A lot of the story line and dialog just looks lame on the screen. There are also several departures from the original story, which I presume was due to a low budget, that simply don't work. I wasn't terrified, I was mortified.

If you want a truly heart-thumping horror story, I strongly suggest you read Stephen King's book of The Tommyknockers. It really is a good story, if you just let the words guide your imagination.

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From the Mind of Stephen King
He's written tons of books, but did you know how many movies were based on his writing?
Why Clowns And Dolls Freak Me Out.
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