FIRESTARTER (2022) Reviews of Stephen King sci-fi horror reboot – just out


“The score deserved a movie that knew how to use it more effectively and with tighter visual language. Everything here is close-up, boring coverage in flatly written dialogue scenes, and the action is even worse. It’s often hard to decipher what the hell is happening when things are supposed to be getting intense and director Keith Thomas does a miserable job with geography…”

Cast and characters:
Zac Efron … Andy McGee
Gloria Reuben TBC
Ryan Kiera Armstrong … Charlene “Charlie” McGee
Sydney Lemmon … Victoria “Vicky” McGee
Michael Greyeyes … Rainbird
Tina Jung … Ms Gardner
Lanette Ware … Principal Lewis
Neven Pajkic … Heavy
Gavin MacIver-Wright … Gavin
Shannon McDonough … Mrs Livesy
Danny Waugh … Sheriff Wendell Perry
Phi Huynh … IT Tech Guy
Isaac Murray … TBC

Filming locations:
Ontario and Toronto, Canada

Principal photography began on May 25th 2021 and wrapped on July 16th.

On April 27th 2017, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions announced a planned reboot of Firestarter, with Akiva Goldsman set to direct.

Firestarter has been rated ‘R’ by the MPA.


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FIRESTARTER (1984) Reviews and overview

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