By Mark L. Lester

  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Date: 1984-05-11
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 54min
  • Director: Mark L. Lester
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99


Drew Barrymore heads up the cast in Firestarter, the suspense-filled film based on the best-selling Stephen King novel. After college sweethearts Andrew (David Keith) and Vicky McGee (Heather Locklear) participate in a mysterious psychic experiment, they have a child, Charlie (Barrymore), who is born with the ability to start fires with her mind. Her unique pyrokinetic talent soon comes to the attention of a covert government agency known as "The Shop." Now operatives from this sinister group (Martin Sheen and George C. Scott) are out to capture nine-year-old Charlie and control her supernatural powers at all costs.


  • Kind of a drag.

    By Reckia6
    The book was great, one of King’s best, but the movie is kind of dull. Some very good performances by George C. Scott and Drew Barrymore. Stays reasonably close to the book, it just lacks excitement. Not too good.
  • Not Bad

    By Rick Drais
    Not the greatest King movie adaptation, but Drew's performance -particularly in the huge flaming conclusion- and the superb score by Tangerine Dream make it all worthwhile. Three stars but honestly, no better. Too bad the soundtrack is no longer available...
  • What no purchasing this!!!!

    I love this movie! came out when i was a kid. I can't believe its only for rental and for y'all who says this movie is cheesy duh its a very old movie!
  • Great Film For It's Time

    By Raging Stalin
    If you want to see a movie that should be remade TODAY, then watch this one! And the book is even better too.
  • skip it

    By Jaws77
    I'm a huge fan of the book so maybe that's why I don't like the movie. I agree with Pepe Le Prawn's review.
  • Read the book... Skip the movie.

    By Pepe Le Prawn
    The movie was ok. The acting is a little cheezy; typical of a Stephen King book made into a movie. They skipped through a lot and moved quickly, which I think would make it confusing to someone who hasn't read the book. The book is way better. Overall, I'd say read the book, and skip the movie.
  • Firestarter

    By ¡!43110!¡
    Okay well I rented firestarter and I had read just some of the book. When o had read the book I had always had to go do something else. But when I saw the movie on iTunes I pressed rent right away. Firestarter is an amazing movie even though it isn't a 2009/2008 movie. Great and highly recommended.