Sometimes They Come Back … For More (1998)


aka Ice Station Erebus

USA. 1998.


Director – Daniel Berk, Screenplay – Adam Grossman & Darryl Sollerh, Producers – Daniel Berk & Diana Zahn, Photography – Christopher Walling, Music – Brian Langsbard, Special Effects – FEXCO (Supervisor – Frank Ceglia), Miniature Supervisor – Joshua S. Culp, Makeup Effects – Atlantic West Effects (Gabe Bartalos, George Ruben & Cesha Ventre), Production Design – Trae King. Production Company – Trimark


Clayton Rohner (Captain Sam Cage), Faith Ford (Dr Jennifer Wills), Max Perlich (Lieutenant Brian Shebanski), Chase Masterson (Major Callie O’Grady), Damian Chapa (Dr Karl Schilling)


Captain Sam Cage is sent to investigate the strange happenings at Erebus, a secret US military base in the Antarctic, where something has killed most of the personnel. As Cage investigates, something starts killing the handful of remaining survivors, as well as resurrecting the corpses of the dead. Down in the tunnels beneath the base, they discover something with Satanic powers.

Sometimes They Come Back (1991), based on Stephen King’s short story, was a passable if quickly forgettable genre entry, featuring a teacher haunted by the revenants of childhood bullies. It was sequelised as the incredibly silly Sometimes They Come Back … Again (1996). Apparently enough people saw that to inspire this further entry. The big surprise about Sometimes They Come Back … For More – and despite being written by Sometimes They Come Back … Again director Adam Grossman – is that for such a throwaway zero expectation item, it is the best of the three films.

For the most part, Sometimes They Come Back … For More avoids any connection with either of the first two films or the Stephen King short story – there are no ghostly bullies haunting people, no banishment rituals involving severed fingers. Instead, almost as though it is determined to be as removed as possible from anything that has gone before, this film turns the story into an effective variation on The Thing from Another World (1951). Instead of demons, we have the concept of two immortal brothers, sons of the Devil, fighting across the ages. The film is underdeveloped when it comes to explaining this backstory but the rest of it is conducted with a considerable degree of atmosphere. There is a particularly eerie and gripping journey down into the tunnels with a remote-controlled camera. There are some good twists, notably when the least likely member of the group dislodges their hat. Director Daniel Berk makes striking visual contrast between the white-on-white of the polar base and the orange-lit flashbacks in the desert. Everything falls apart and gets a little too hokey and B-movieish at the end, and the build-up never quite pays off, but the journey there was promising.

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