Desperate for work, troubled high school teacher Jim Norman (Tim Matheson) relocates his family to his rural hometown after procuring a much-needed job there. Once home he must relive and confront a childhood nightmare: t... more »he high school hoodlums who murdered his older brother in a tunnel ambush, and were killed themselves by an oncoming train, are slowly rising from the grave to finish the job by killing Norman. The ghostly hooligans, who appear as flesh and blood to students, start "transferring" into school when some of Norman's students mysteriously perish; however their phantom, fire-spitting car is invisible to all but their victims. Suspicion for the inexplicably rising student-body count soon falls squarely on Norman, who must find a way to protect his wife and son from danger, vanquish the supernatural hoods, and cast off the shackles of his past. It's a fairly straightforward plot with some obvious elements, but Matheson and his supporting cast (including wife Brooke Adams) create a suspenseful, fear-inducing atmosphere under the able direction of Tom McLoughlin from a screenplay adaptation by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal. --Bryan Reesman« less
James B. (wandersoul73) from LINDALE, TX Reviewed on 6/18/2009...
Pretty enjoyable TV affair.
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....And I'm Not a Stephen King FAN!!!!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While I don't relish in Horror pictures, something about the supernatural power of Good triumphing over Evil fascinates me. I have never been into KING. I do however love this movie and would watch it for years to come. It was scary, but not as gorry or as bloody as most. It was a great mystery that had you going until the very end. The best scene was the brother's return. I Cried!!! Not of Fright but of simple Emotion. IT IS A MUST SEE even if you are not into the KING!!!!"
New DVD transfer
William | Australia | 10/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"'Sometimes they Come Back' was a 1991 film based on a short story by Stephen King. It was filmed for TV and is a personal favourite. It is about a school teacher (Tim Matheson) who returns to his hometown to teach at a school. He has reservations about doing this because of a tragedy which occurred many years before. The movie has a real feel of eeriness about it, and while far fetched at times, is credible because of the way a person's mind can be affected by unresolved past issues. Definitely worth a viewing.
DVD BACKGROUND: This was first released on DVD in 2001 by a smaller DVD company. As a result the transfer was far from superior and looked like a straight video to DVD transfer. It was 1:33 full frame too. Initially I thought 1:33 was the correct framing since it had been filmed for TV back in 1991. In late 2007, MGM released the film on DVD. While Amazon list the technical details as 1:33, it is actually 2:35 widescreen anamorphic. Seeing the film like this has brought a whole new dimension to a great film. According to a website I looked at the other day, this film was indeed filmed in widescreen. Even more exciting is the new DVD image is a vast improvment on the earlier DVD. Beautifully cleaned up and all.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: A great adaptation of a short Stephen King story which has been re-released on DVD respectfully. A stellar image presented in its correct aspect ratio. If you have only ever seen this film in the cropped video version or cropped early DVD version, do yourself a favour and purchase the new MGM release and experience the film in glorious widescreen."
Confronting The Past...
Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein | under the rubble | 05/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Poor Jim Norman (Tim "Animal House" Matheson), he's just moved back to his hometown after a disastrous end to his teaching career in Chicago. In his new school, the principal hates him and his students are mostly hateful jocks. To make matters worse, Jim's memories of growing up in this town are dominated by the day his brother was killed 27 years earlier by four greasers in a black car. Jim wakes up nightly, deeply disturbed by realistic nightmares of the event. Soon, three of the kids in his class are murdered and replaced by the ghosts of three of the killers from Jim's past! You see, Jim's brother wasn't the only one who died that day. The punks who killed him were hit by a train! Now, Jim must face his past and deal with his fear in order to save himself and his family from certain death. Matheson is very good as Jim. His wife is played by Brooke Adams (Shock Waves, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers). The ghostly-greasers are certainly worthy of special mention, as they are truly menacing and funny in an evil sort of way. They seem like the kind of guys you might run into in some lonely alley. Guys who laugh and joke around while robbing and killing you! Just imagine these crazy types as seemingly indestructible undead who are after you and your loved ones! STCB is a nice little creeper to add to your next spook-a-thon..."
I love this thriller
Steven Dwyer | NewYork State | 07/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes They Come Back, a thriller tim matheson plays Jimmy Norman plays a teacher from Chicago , returns to his old town after 20 years ,where his brother Wayne was murdered by a gang of hooligans in a spooky train tunnel the hooligans get killed by the train in the car and they want revenge, now 27 years later Richard Lawson, North , and Vincent all come back one by one to his classroom after the murders of innocent Hs students. and then attack his house and go after his son with the ghostly black hotrod and want to replay the whole thing over again i liked this movie i bought it .really cool movie , highly recommended and really good."