Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996)

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Jon Porter returns to his hometown after the sudden and bizarre death of his mother. He hopes to leave as soon as the funeral is over but it's too late. The sinister forces that caused his sister's brutal murder 30 years ago are back. Jon knows the nightmare can't continue. He must stand up to his fear and exorcise the demons who have risen again to take posession of his beautiful teenage daughter - body and soul.

Film Title and Background
"Often They Come Back ... Once Again" is a 1996 supernatural scary film directed by Adam Grossman. It is a sequel to the 1991 horror film "Sometimes They Come Back", both movies are inspired by a short story penned by well-known thriller author Stephen King.

Main Characters and Plot Overview
The film stars Michael Gross as Jon Porter, a guy tortured by the terrible death of his sister Michelle (played by Hilary Swank) at the hands of murderous teens when they were kids. Alexis Arquette plays Tony Reno, the ringleader of the thugs who were transformed into demonic entities after their death in a freakish lightning storm. Jon's teenage child, Maria Porter, played by Jennifer Elise Cox, in addition to her buddy Jules (played by Jennifer Aspen), also play crucial functions in the plot's advancement.

Years after the awful occurrence, Jon revisits his hometown to offer his childhood house after their mother's death. The return sets off a series of supernatural occasions; his child and pal unknowingly summon the demonic gang who at first caused the chaos.

Satanic Force Encounters and Climax
Consequently, Jon is faced with a scary awareness that his past has quite literally come back to haunt him. His daughter and her good friend Jules are tormented by the gang of undead teenagers. They come across several scary occasions such as a sudden swarm of pests filling their cars and truck and gigantic types of the demonic gang members appearing in your house. Jon realizes that the satanic forces intend on killing his daughter just like they did his sister. The specter of Michelle also makes ghostly looks, cautioning Jon about the danger Maria is in.

Jon partner with Steve, a pal from his past, to fend off the devils. They try to duplicate the very same electrocution scenario in the wish to terminate them. Their strategy fails and Steve winds up getting eliminated by the gang. In the climax, Tony takes Maria captive and Jon used himself in exchange. He gets eliminated but, right before he passes out, he pushes Tony into an electrical box, effectively ending his life and releasing his child.

In the aftermath, Maria, shocked however unscathed, teams up with her sweetheart Luke, they visit Jon's grave, reassuring his spirit that they've destroyed the satanic forces and that she likes and misses him. They leave the town, promising never to come back, as Maria says that they've finally closed that particular chapter in their lives.

General Reception and Critical Conclusion
Though "Sometimes They Come Back ... Again" isn't necessarily considered a timeless within the horror genre, it acquired a cult following over the years. The film masters specific aspects, notably its atmospheric tension and special effects. Its initial facility of remorse, trauma, and confronting one's past was a commendable move. Nevertheless, it was felt by some viewers that the film didn't totally live up to the capacity of King's original narrative. Though it may not please all audiences, it can still use an entertaining watch for those who appreciate 90s horror flicks.

Top Cast

  • Michael Gross (small)
    Michael Gross
    Jon Poter
  • Alexis Arquette (small)
    Alexis Arquette
    Tony Reno
  • Hilary Swank (small)
    Hilary Swank
    Michelle Poter
  • BoJesse Christopher (small)
    BoJesse Christopher
    Vinnie Ritacco
  • Glen Beaudin
    Sean Patrick
  • Jennifer Elise Cox (small)
    Jennifer Elise Cox
    Jules Martin
  • Jennifer Aspen (small)
    Jennifer Aspen
    Maria Moore
  • William Morgan Sheppard (small)
    William Morgan Sheppard
    Father Archer Roberts
  • Michael Malota
    Young Jon
  • Gabriel Dell Jr.
    Steve Pagel
  • Patrick Renna (small)
    Patrick Renna
    Young Alan