Spontaneous Combustion (1990)

Dolby Stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Tobe Hooper.

Plot Summary

A young man whose parents took part in nuclear testing before he was born finds that he has the power to spontaneously start fires.


Director: Tobe Hooper
VOSC, Black Owl Productions
Executive Producers: Henry Bushkin, Arthur Sarkissian
Producer: Jim Rogers
Co-Producer: Jerrold W. Lambert
Associate Producer: Sanford Hampton
Script: Tobe Hooper, Howard Goldberg
Story: Tobe Hooper
Director of Photography: Levie Isaacks
Editor: David Kern
Music: Graeme Revell
Sound Mixers: Craig Felburg, Cameron Hamza
Costume Designer: Carin Hooper
Make-up: Bill Miller-Jones
Hair: Kerry Mendenhall
Special Make Up Effects Created by: Steve Neill
Pyro and Floor Effects: Guy Faria
Special Mechanical Effects: Tony Hooper
Special Visual Effects: Stephen Brooks
Visual Effects: Apogee Productions Inc
Production Designer: Gene Abel

Brad Dourif (Sam)
Cynthia Bain (Lisa Wilcox)
Jon Cypher (Dr Marsh)
William Prince (Lew Orlander)
Melinda Dillon (Nina)
Dey Young (Rachel)
Tegan West (Springer)
Michael Keys Hall (Dr Cagney)
Dale Dye (General)
Dick Butkus (Lt General)
Joe Mays (Dr Persons)
Stacy Edwards (Peggy Bell)
Brian Bremer (Brian Bell)
Frank Whiteman (young Orlander)
Judy Prescott (student director)
Judy Behr (school nurse)
Betsy Thomas (nurse at hospital)
John Landis (radio technician)
Jaime Alba (Walter)
Mark Roberts (Dr Simpson)

Alternative Titles

Combustão Espontânea – Portugal
Combustión espontánea – Argentina, Venezuela
Conspiração Atômica – Brazil
Eldmärkt – Sweden
Il figlio del fuoco – Italy
Fire Syndrome – West Germany
Polttava kuolema – Finland

See also
Firestarter (1984)
Firestarter (2005)



  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.472
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.768-770 – credits, synopsis, review