Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
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god i fucking love those transparent, glowing phones and radios that chick has.
Anyway, not as bad as many people say it is. I'm actually a fan of Tobe Hooper's later work (well, some of it).
I think people expect far too much of him based on the cultural impact of TCM and its just not fair. Tobe Hooper's films have always been rather fun and campy, while simultaneously making (sometimes rather heavy handed) sociocultural critiques.
As others have noted, Spontaneous Combustion has underlying themes relating to the way that the 50's atomic bomb influenced and informed the culture of the 80's. A lot of biting references to the 'nuclear family' and its place in society as well as how both the presence and absence can affect us as we grow up and become adults.
I honestly have no idea why most people say this started his downward slide cause its actually pretty good- a lot better than his remake of Invaders, that's for sure.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!