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Young prodigy starts fires in one of the best Stephen King adaptations!
Despite the fact that the films usually revolve around good and interesting stories, film adaptations of Stephen King’s works are often not the best horror movies. Firestarter isn’t the best known of his books, and that’s slightly odd as this film adaptation is one of the best based on his stories. The film takes obvious influence from Brian De Palma’s ‘The Fury’, as aside from the fact that this one is about a young girl that can start fires, and De Palma’s film features a boy with psychic abilities; the way that both plots play out is very similar indeed. The plot has a number of problems, and the characters don’t always act logically; but this is offset by the likable nature of the film, and characters that are easy to get along with due to their relatively simplistic nature. The film follows the aftermath of an experiment in which people were given an experimental drug. The ultimate result of this experiment was a child born of Andy and Vicky McGee; a child with a unique ability known as ‘pyrokinesis’ – the ability to start fires at will.
The film benefits from a range of cult stars. A young Drew Barrymore takes the title role, and although her acting skills hadn’t been honed by the time this film was released, and she is more than a little bit wooden; she provides an interesting lead. David Keith and Martin Sheen back her up well in supporting roles, but the main acting plaudits go to the great George C. Scott who is good in what is probably the meatiest role of the piece. The running time is a little long for a film like this, but it’s well used and the fact that the story doesn’t get caught up with needless elements such as the girl’s mother and father falling in love is definitely a good thing. The plot is very relaxed for most of the way through, and director Mark L. Lester seems content to just let things play out. That is until the last fifteen minutes; when the plot reaches its full potential and explodes with a fun and exciting finale. The film does feel more than a little bit like a TV movie at times; and the dumbed down techno soundtrack doesn’t help this. Overall, the film definitely isn’t perfect; but it’s an enjoyable watch and King films have definitely been a lot worse!
More thought-provoking than thrilling
Most Stephen King horror adaptations are entertaining, but the most disturbing ones are the ones dealing with psychic phenomena, like FIRESTARTER and THE DEAD ZONE. For me, the power of the human mind is more horrific than giant alien spiders, vampires, or serial killers. FIRESTARTER is indeed a powerful film, and the power lies in the actors involved, not just the fiery power of the special effects unit. Indeed, the strength of the characterisations are the best thing about this film.
Martin Sheen has much the same power-hungry role as he did in 1983’s THE DEAD ZONE, while Freddie Jones has a small role as a nervous doctor. However, it is George C. Scott as the brilliant yet crazed man out to snag Barrymore’s powers for himself in the afterlife who has the best role, and he really is totally evil. David Keith is an effective hero, while Heather Locklear has another small role as his wife. Drew Barrymore is also good as the young girl who doesn’t want to use her powers but is forced to, and it’s a wonder that she didn’t use them to destroy the killer in SCREAM.
The story is also a fairly original one, and it’s more of a thriller than a conventional horror film. The budget is relatively low until the pyrotechnic ending where just about everything explodes, and things do tend to get a bit talky. However there are some dollops of tension lashed throughout the film and plenty of interest lies within the various machinations of the characters. FIRESTARTER is a thought-provoking ride through the powers of the mind and probably not suitable viewing for those who have tendencies involving pyromania.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 54 min (114 min)
Genre Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Mark L. Lester
Writer Stephen King (novel), Stanley Mann
Actors David Keith, Drew Barrymore, Freddie Jones, Heather Locklear
Awards 2 nominations.
Production Company Dino de Laurentiis Corp., Universal Pictures
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera J-D-C Cameras
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process J-D-C Scope (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm