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“Firestarter”: Stephen King’s fire child is back after more than 40 years

For more than a decade, Andy (Zac Efron, 34) and Vicky (Sydney Lemmon, 31) have been on the run, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong, 12) from a mysterious government agency that wants their unique… Ability to start fire as a weapon of mass destruction.

Andy taught his daughter to control her ability triggered by anger or pain. But for the now eleven-year-old Charlie, it is becoming increasingly difficult to tame the fire. When an incident reveals her family’s whereabouts, a mysterious agent (Michael Greyeyes, 54) gives chase to bring Charlie into the hands of the obscure organization once and for all.

Horror in times of superheroes

In times of Marvel and DC it is part of the almost daily cinema bread to be able to marvel at protagonists with supernatural abilities on the screen. However, “Firestarter” takes a different, far more depressing tack. Here the supernatural being is not the celebrated heroine, but a mischief-maker ostracized by society. And “they-up there” don’t intend to use Charlie’s abilities for good either. Basically, the novel, published in this country under the title “Feuerkind”, was King’s even darker version of the “X-Men” story.

In 2019 he proved that the former “High School Musical” handsome Zac Efron can also be dark with “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”. After all, he played serial killer beast Ted Bundy in it. And the makers behind the new edition are also impressive. “Firestarter” is produced by Blumhouse Productions, which has recently specialized in the horror genre with films like “Halloween Kills” or “Get Out”.

So fans of the book template can hope to finally get the film adaptation that was denied them in the 80s. “Firestarter” came to the cinemas as early as 1984, back then as “The Firestarter” and with a very young Drew Barrymore as Charlie. But neither the public nor the inventor King were satisfied with the result. The best-selling author even described the strip as “one of the worst” adaptations and “tasteless – like mashed potatoes from a cafeteria”.

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