Sometimes They Come Back... Again

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Sometimes They Come Back Again
Cover of the movie Sometimes They Come Back... Again.jpg
Directed by Adam Grossman
Produced by Michael Meltzer
Screenplay by Guy Riedel
Adam Grossman
Story by Gut Riedel
Based on Characters
by Stephen King
Starring Michael Gross
Alexis Arquette
Hilary Swank
Jennifer Elise Cox
W. Morgan Sheppard
Music by Peter Manning Robinson
Cinematography Christopher Baffa
Distributed by Trimark Pictures
Release date
  • September 3, 1996 (1996-09-03)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Sometimes They Come Back Again (stylized as Sometimes They Come Back.... Again) is a 1996 film directed by Adam Grossman and starring Michael Gross, Alexis Arquette, and Hilary Swank. It is the straight-to-video sequel to the 1991 horror film Sometimes They Come Back.


Psychologist Jon Porter (Michael Gross) learns that his mother has just mysteriously fallen to her death. Jon and his teenage daughter Michelle (Hilary Swank) return to Jon's hometown of Glenrock for his mother's funeral. Once there, painful memories return. Thirty years earlier, when Jon was a child, he witnessed the brutal murder of his older sister Lisa (Leslie Danon), who was stabbed to death in a cave by a thug named Tony Reno (Alexis Arquette) and his two friends Vinnie (Bojesse Christopher) and Sean (Glen Beaudin). But Jon managed to throw an electrical wire into a puddle of bloody water they were standing in, killing all three of them.

Michelle becomes friends with mentally handicapped gardener Steve (Gabriel Dell Jr.), as well as two girls, boy-crazy Maria (Jennifer Aspen), and Maria's psychic best friend, Jules (Jennifer Elise Cox), who used to clean her grandmother's house. The night after the funeral, they invite Michelle to go to the dinner with them, saying they would like to get to know her before she goes home for her 18th birthday. At the dinner, the girls are greeted by a boy who looks a lot like Tony Reno, even with the same name. While Maria develops a crush on him, he seems to be attracted to Michelle. He gives Michelle an old wristwatch as an early birthday present, then leaves.

Meanwhile, Jon is pestered by Father Archer Roberts (W. Morgan Sheppard), a priest he came to when Lisa was murdered. He tells Jon his mother's death was not an accident.

In the end, Jon reenacts the events of the murder of Lisa but saves Michelle and is able to use a ritual given to him by Father Roberts to banish Tony and his friends back to Hell.


The video was followed by another straight-to-video sequel in 1998 titled, Sometimes They Come Back... for More.


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