FIRESTARTER, d. Mark L. Lester (1984)
Inspired by the great Stranger Things, I’ve been delving into the world of the 80s, a period that I have previously had little affection for, despite spending my formative years there. Firestarter is a film that I have never seen before, and was amazed how good it was. Fast moving, well-acted, choc a bloc with psychokinesis and death, and a mad, eclectic cast (Drew Barrymore, Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Freddie Jones) it’s a film where literally hundreds of people are burned alive by a nine year old girl and, for the most part, they absolutely deserve it.
Aside from the relentless, pitiless violence, two things stand out for me: the portrayal of ‘The Shop’, the harmless sounding government department that specialises in making monsters; and George C. Scott’s performance as John Rainbird, a Native American assassin who nurtures a relationship with the little girl hoping that, one day, she will kill him.