Spontaneous Combustion (film)

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Spontaneous Combustion
Poster of the movie Spontaneous Combustion.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Produced by Henry Bushkin
Sanford Hampton
Jerrold W. Lambert
Jim Rogers
Arthur M. Sarkissian
Screenplay by Tobe Hooper
Howard Goldberg
Story by Tobe Hooper
Music by Graeme Revell
Cinematography Levie Isaacks
Edited by David Kern
Black Owl Productions
Project Samson
Distributed by Taurus Entertainment
Release date
  • February 23, 1990 (1990-02-23) (U.S.)
Running time
97 min.
Country United States
Language English

Spontaneous Combustion is a 1990 American science fiction horror film, directed by Tobe Hooper. It was written by Tobe Hooper and Howard Goldberg, based on a story by Hooper, and is a co-production between Henry Bushkin, Sanford Hampton, Jerrold W. Lambert, Jim Rogers and Arthur M. Sarkissian.

It was nominated for best film in the 1991 Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Awards.[1]


Brad Dourif plays the role of Sam, who learns that his parents were part of an atomic bomb experiment. As an adult, Sam discovers he has the power of pyrokinesis. He is able to control fire and electricity but with terrible consequences to his body afterwards. The cast also includes actors Melinda Dillon and Cynthia Bain.


Critical reception[edit]

Spin magazine, while writing, "no one makes bad movies as deliriously entertaining as Tobe Hooper, whose career continues its spectacular downward slide with Spontaneous Combustion", gave the film an overall favorable review.[2] John Kenneth Muir, in his book Horror Films of the 1980s, wrote, "Spontaneous Combustion commences on a high note of creativity and wit, but then promptly goes down in flames."[3]


  1. ^ "Spontaneous Combustion (1990) - Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Barr, Ty (May 1990). "Video Rewind". Spin: 66. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (23 March 2007). "Spontaneous Combustion". Horror Films of the 1980s. McFarland. p. 769. ISBN 078642821X. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 

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