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Spontaneous Combustion (1990)

A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him.

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A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him.

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23 February 1990 (USA)  »

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Combusti├│n espont├ínea  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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$50,367, 1 March 1990, Limited Release
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I DON'T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE
Written by Eddie Durham (uncredited), Eddie Seiler (uncredited), Sol Marcus (uncredited) and Bennie Benjamin (uncredited)
Performed by The Ink Spots
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Well, now.
3 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

I bought this movie in 3-Disc Tobe Hooper Collection. It came with SC, Eaten Alive and the documentary The American Nightmare. I watched Eaten Alive a few weeks ago and liked it, though i thought it could have been better. And last night I watched Spontaneous Combustion.

And what I don't understand...Is such a low rating here on IMDb! I mean, this movie is no Texas Chainsaw Massacre but hell, it's not bad! I enjoyed it quite a lot, really. Brad Dourif truly is a good actor, and creates a character that is likable from the word go. The plot twists and turns, and true, is hard to follow but it's worth being confused as bit just to be wowed by the great special effects and curious happenings occurring around the human firecracker Sam Kramer.

Overall, not Tobe Hooper's best, but it is very far from his worst, and it's certainly worth a look.


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