Spontaneous Combustion (1990) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Tobe Hooper
STARRING: Brad Dourif, Cynthia Bain, Jon Cypher
RATED: R/REGION A/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Cheezy Flicks
Amateur actor Sam Kramer discovers he is cursed with the power of pyrokinesis. This unruly talent attracts the attention of father figure and local scientist Lew Orlander but Sam’s fire conjuring skills grow out of control after a conspiracy relating to his ability is exposed. Sam sets out to learn the origins of his curse in an attempt to suppress his fiery temperament.
I didn’t realize that Cheezy Flicks was releasing Blu-rays now, but here I sit after having watched Spontaneous Combustion on a Cheezy Flicks Blu-ray release. This isn’t a BD-r, it’s a pressed disc and it doesn’t look bad. My only real issue with the transfer is that Cheezy Flicks puts their damn logo at the bottom of the screen during the title screen as if you were watching a TV station with the channel logo at the bottom. Thankfully this goes away quick, but was it really a must? Regardless of all of that, I don’t think anyone who has seen Spontaneous Combustion will disagree when I say it isn’t anywhere near the best Tobe Hooper film you’ll find out there. The movie has a cool concept of people randomly bursting into flames but creeps at the start and outside the last part of the movie doesn’t really offer up any gore to hold you over while things progress. I dig Brad Dourif, but even he can’t keep this one out of snoozeville for the most part.
The movie tosses in a lot of twists we see coming for good measure and probably only matches Body Mealt for having the coolest theme that doesn’t really go all in on capitalizing on it. I am a Tobe Hooper fan in general but I don’t think we have him using his A-game here with Spontaneous Combustion. It needs a little more of everything. It needs more gore, more people blowing up, and a lot more of a need to get the thing going. I do hope Cheezy Flicks puts out more Blu-rays since I like now having a copy of this movie regardless. But I do hope they kill that whole needs to toss their logo on stuff thing they seem to have going.
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 88%