Firestarter (1984)

I watched Firestarter (1984). I had seen it before many years ago, but I couldn’t remember how it ends and I wanted to compare the newest version with the old one. I watched it on Peacock. It is based on the book by Stephen King which I read many years ago too. It has Drew Barrymore (love her), David Keith, Heather Locklear, George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, Art Carney, Moses Gunn, and
Freddie Jones in it.

Big Warning: there is lots of violence.

In short summary, a man named Andrew McGee and a woman named Vicky join a clinical trial of a drug so they get paid for it. The drug ends up making them have special powers like Andrew can make people believe anything and Vicky can move objects with her mind. They get married and have a girl named Charlie. Charlie can make fires with her mind. The government wants Charlie so they can make her into a weapon.

Differences between the old and new:

  1. In the old movie, they do go into detail about the clinical trial.
  2. Rainbird kidnaps both Charlie and Andrew in the old one. In the new one, they kidnap Andrew and use Rainbird to get Charlie to the agency.
  3. Rainbird pretends to be a housekeeper to gain Charlie’s trust in the old one.
  4. The old man who picks them up has a wife that is alive in the old one. In the new version, the old man has a wife in a coma.
  5. Charlie does burn down the agency in both. But in the old version, she kills Rainbird. In the new version, Rainbird leads her away. I think this is because of the new show in which Rainbird teaches her.
  6. At the very end of the old version, Charlie goes to leave with the old man and his wife.

I liked the old version better than the new version. It does cover the book better. This week’s movie was Parasite.

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