Firestarter (1984)

Aug 24 2012

Firestarter (1984) review for thescope.ca by 24 Hours to Midnight: The Blog!

Hot off the heels of E.T., Drew Barrymore stars as the pyrokinetic spawn of Heather Locklear and David Keith in this adaptation of a Stephen King novel. Andy (Keith) and Vicky (Locklear) meet while undergoing scientific experiments for cash. The end result of these experiments is that they make 20 bucks, Andy can control people with his mind, and Vicky can read minds. And, oh yeah, their baby girl can start fires with her brain.

After killing Vicky, the government agency responsible for the experiments, and the Lot 6 drug which caused their abilities, are now on the hunt for Drew and her dad. There are lots of nosebleeds and Drew sets, like, 10 people on fire and then a creepy guy with a frizzy ponytail and one eye (George C. Scott) shoots them with a tranquilizer dart and they are officially caught. He brings them to a weird compound called “The Shop” and then Creepy One-Eye and Martin Sheen try and bribe Drew into using her powers by giving her the entire toy department of Bowring’s, circa 1987.

This moves along very slowly, the acting by Li’l Barrymore and David Keith is spot-on, but there is a tonne of dialogue and relatively little action. You keep waiting for insane-o things to explode and nothing really does until the very end! It’s worth watching for sure, but you will probably find yourself easily distracted and yelling “START A FIRE ALREADY” at the television.

2 responses so far

  1. I could watch George C Scott’s death scene on a loop until the end of time.

    The Tangerine Dream score is pretty boss, though.

  2. Haha! I’ve seen this movie like 16 times. Its climax puts Unforgiven to shame.