Worst To Best: Stephen King Movies

24. Firestarter (1984)

The Movie: Andy McGee (David Keith) goes on the run with his daughter Charlie (Drew Barrymore), attempting to escape government agents who want to exploit their psychic abilities.

What It Got Wrong: A flabby mid-section stops Firestarter from being the explosive firecracker it should be. The first 40 minutes provide intrigue and on-the-run excitement, but that’s all lost when Charlie and her paps are caught by The Shop. A Carrie-aping climax attempts to reignite things, but comes too late.