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Firestarter Review: Unambitious Stephen King Remake Lacks Horror & Thrills

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There is no doubt that Stephen King and his novels have a chokehold on the horror genre. His work has been consistently adapted to the big screen since the 1970s.

Now firmly in an era of where his work is being re-adapted, each new entry offers diminishing returns. Firestarter, a remake of the 1984 movie of the same name, doesn't justify its existence.

Firestarter is a dull rehash of material viewers are likely already familiar with and which was done better the first time around.

The film's opening introduces baby Charlie, Vicky (Sydney Lemmons) and Andy McGee (Zac Efron). They are a young, seemingly ordinary family — that is, until Charlie nearly sets her nursery on fire and then combusts in her father's arms.

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