Picks and Pans Review: Stephen King's "sometimes They Come Back"
A man (Tim Matheson) returns with his wife (Brooke Adams) to teach high school in a midwestern town he fled as a boy after his brother was killed. It's not enough that he's haunted by memories; the three delinquents who killed his brother and died themselves in the incident are still around and in a tormenting mood.
The dramatic moments in between the frights are flabby. But director Tom McLoughlin keeps the essential concept lashed together pretty tightly.
Matheson and Adams's appeal makes the story's routine terror sharper. Robert (TV's The Outsiders) Rusler is strong as a hellish greaser.
The bane of TV movies is the weak ending. This finale, involving William (Newhart) Sanderson as a remorseful drunk, is better than average.