The Tommyknockers (1993) Movie Review

The Tommyknockers (1993)

1993 | R | Horror, Sci-Fi
181 minutes /

User Score: 70/100

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The Tommyknockers Review


A buried UFO slowly turns local inhabitants into gizmo-building alien mutants.

The Tommyknockers (1993) is science fiction horror TV miniseries that is an adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel, The Tommyknockers. The miniseries was filmed in Auckland, New Zealand. I do not recommend this movie for kids as there is adult sexual references (visible thrusting and bare backs) and the word horny is used in a sexual way. There is little violence, not much blood, suspense, plot holes and somewhat intense scenes.

This movie is about something that was buried in the wood behind Bobbi’s house. Bobbi is an aspiring author of juvenile novels. She digged it up, the artifact, and caused the town to change drastically, mainly the women and children first. The artifact started to influence the townspeople in what seems to be a good way because people became smarter and instantly had amazing talents. The affected people had green eyes and started inventing things that no one knew about and that they are not capable of doing before the artifact. The bad influence is that the small Maine town is now secluded from the rest of the world because of the uncovered object, and people are disappearing into thin air. Her partner Jim ‘Gard’ Gardner is a failing poet with an alcoholism problem. It appears that Bobbi and Jim are the only ones immune to the artifacts power.

Reasons why I gave this movie a five: The Tommyknockers had too many characters that were not developed right and made it impossible for me to get attached to any of them. The pace of the movie was out of whack by it being too fast at times or too slow and never seems to meet in the middle. The ending was crazy in a bad way and the special effect reeks as well. The music went well with the movie and added a mysterious creepiness.

About The Tommyknockers (1993)

Title: The Tommyknockers
AKA: "The Tommyknockers"
Year: 1993
Runtime: 181 minutes
Type: Mini-series
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.5/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Joanna Cassidy, Craig Parker, Traci Lords, Robert Carradine, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Timothy Bartlett, Marg Helgenberger, Jim McLarty, Cliff De Young, Jimmy Smits, Karyn Malchus, John Sumner, William Johnson, John Steemson, E.G. Marshall, Chuck Henry, Leon Woods, Paul McIver, Yvonne Lawley, Rick Leckinger, Kay Helgenberger, Larry Sanitsky, Helen Medlyn, Daniel Bieber, John Ashton, Peter Rowley, Annie Corley, Allyce Beasley
Writers: Lawrence D. Cohen, Stephen King
Director: John Power

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