SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK ... AGAIN
Sometimes They Come Back ... Again loosely follows the first films story after many years, a character again faces the teenage hoodlums that killed his sister (his brother in the original film and short story) and have now returned as vengeful spirits. The first film wimped out considerably on the story, its presumable tv movie nature lacking the wherewithal to show the ending that Stephen King had where the central character confronts his tormentors by cutting off his own finger and conducting a demonic ritual to banish them. This version goes for gutsier, more upfront horror impact and retains the ending with glee it even heavy-handedly signposts it throughout by silly cuts away to illuminated manuscripts and ancient poems depicting people chopping off fingers to banish demons.
Sometimes They Come Back was not particularly great but it is far superior to this version where most of the emphasis has been placed on makeup effects-driven horror. This quickly causes Sometimes They Come Back ... Again to descend, despite initial promise, into arrant silliness. Sequences with victims being dragged down by animated grass or sliced to death by tarot cards come across as incredibly daft. Furthermore, Alexis Arquette overplays the teen hoodlum part badly delivering campy lines like Need a hand as he severs one victims hand such that the central antagonist becomes nothing more than a campy jack-in-the-box pop-up effect and the film loses any sense of threat whatsoever.
Sometimes They Come Back ... Again was followed by a further sequel Sometimes They Come Back ... For More (1998), which is the best of the three films, although connected to the other films by name only. Director Adam Grossman next went onto the disappointingly poor remake of Carnival of Souls (1998) and has done nothing since.
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