“Firestarter” was the first Stephen King adaptation I ever saw. Somehow, I think people saw Drew Barrymore and thought it would be kid friendly. Thank you, HBO and child star leads for luring many people into a false sense of safety. Is it scary? Well, outside of hippies melting during a clinical trial…not really. But what does this film accomplish that eludes so many other King works?
Well, the fingerprints of John Carpenter are all over this movie. Unfortunately, Carpenter was fired early on due to Universal not enjoying how much money they lost on The Thing. The new director (Mark Lester) was a year away from directing Commando and had shown a taste for action driven stories. What would ever become of the tonal shift? Well, we’d get a super-powered charged action movie rather than a family character study of a budding pyrokinetic.
There’s so much to enjoy in the film, even if the commentary dances around it. Did John Redbird have an unhealthy fascination with Charlie? If David Keith causes that much damage to his body using his powers, then why isn’t he more impaired? So much to enjoy and literally every inch of the film is a cult diamond. While not the best King adaptation, it’s an easy way to bring in new fans.
- Audio Commentary With Director Mark L. Lester
- Playing With Fire: The Making Of FIRESTARTER – Featuring Interviews With Director Mark L. Lester, Actors Freddie Jones, Drew Snyder, Stuntman/Actor Dick Warlock And Johannes Schmoelling Of Tangerine Dream
- NEW Tangerine Dream: Movie Music Memories – An Interview With Johannes Schmoelling
- NEW Live Performance Of “Charlie’s Theme” By Johannes Schmoelling Of Tangerine Dream
- Theatrical Trailers
- Radio Spot
- Still Gallery
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD MONO
RELEASE DATE: 3/14/17
- Video - 93%93%
- Audio - 94%94%
- Supplemental Material - 97%97%
- Film Score - 90%90%
The Plot Thus Far
A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic.