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7 Movies Like Firestarter You Must See

May 14, 2022

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, Firestarter is a science fiction horror film directed by Keith Thomas. The story revolves around a couple – Andy and Victoria McGee – and their daughter Charlie, who has the gift of manipulating fire. Andy and Charlie are being hunted by a secret agency called The Shop and a bounty hunter named John Rainbird. The latter is relentless in his mission to capture Charlie so he can use her powers for his evil plans.

Aside from the suspenseful elements, the plot is sustained by incorporating some suspenseful themes such as: B. A young child who possesses some type of powers that can turn them into either a superhero or a supervillain. If you enjoy watching movies related to superpowers, then you should try our recommendations. You can watch most of these movies like Firestarter on Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu.

7. Spontaneous Combustion (1990)

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Directed by Tobe Hooper, the sci-fi horror film Spontaneous Combustion revolves around Sam and his power of pyrokinesis, similar to Charlie in Firestarter. After learning his parents were involved in an atomic bomb experiment, Sam discovers that he has the superpower to control both fire and electricity. Yet every time he uses his powers, his body suffers the consequences. What connects the film to the Zac Efron film is that both protagonists’ parents were part of a secret experiment.

6. The Darkest Minds (2018)

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Based on the novel of the same name by Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds is a superhero film directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson. It is set in the future where a virus has killed many children and given superpowers to the few survivors. The young survivors are classified as a threat to others and imprisoned in a camp. However, a 16-year-old girl named Ruby manages to escape from the camp and join the team of teenagers to fight against the authorities. Similar to Firestarter, the characters in The Darkest Minds are relentlessly pursued by the respective authorities for control over them and their powers.

5. Carrie (2013)

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Similar to Firestarter, the Chloë Grace Moretz film Carrie is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Directed by Kimberly Peirce, the story follows the titular character Carrie, a socially awkward teenager who is taunted by her classmates and protected by her religious mother. When the prom pranks go too far, she has no choice but to unleash the fury of her telekinetic powers. The theme of parents protecting their child with superpowers is the unifying element of the two films. Also, both films have similar horror and thriller elements interspersed throughout the narrative.

4. Anna (2011)

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Directed by Joe Wright, Hanna is an action thriller that follows the main character Hanna, who is being raised by her father to be a skilled assassin in the remote wilderness of northern Finland. She is sent on a mission across Europe while a relentless Secret Service agent, Marissa Wiegler, and her team are on her heels and try to stop her from completing the mission. While this film doesn’t have any superpowers, there are several themes that run parallel between Hanna and Firestarter. This includes the close bond between the father and the young daughter and the agencies that are hunting the young woman.

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3. Freaks (2018)

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Freaks is a sci-fi thriller directed and written by duo Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein. The story revolves around a 7-year-old girl named Chloe who is kept in isolation by her father. Curious about the outside world, she sneaks out and meets an old man named Alan who claims to be her maternal grandfather.

She soon learns of her telepathic ability and the real reason her father is keeping her locked up. She also finds out that her mother is probably still alive and being held hostage by authorities for experiments. Similar to Firestarters, Freaks is about a young girl with superhuman abilities, for which she is being hunted down by the authorities. Also, her father is by her side, trying to protect her from the authorities.

2. Looper (2012)

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Directed by Rian Johnson, Looper is a sci-fi action film starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels. The story takes place in the future and revolves around Joe, one of the members of the assassin group called the Looper. In this job, the mafia sends their victims back in time to have them killed while the looper disposes of their bodies. To make things even more interesting, part of the population has also developed the power of telekinesis, which allows them to perform certain tricks.

One day, Joe’s future self shows up as Joe’s next target. Frightened by this, he hesitates and gives him enough time to escape. Later, Joe learns that old Joe is after a boy with strong telekinetic powers who would become a super villain in the future if not dealt with now. Although Looper’s point of view is reversed from Firestarter’s, there are superhuman elements in both films and the authorities try to keep the young super-powered characters in check.

1. Logan (2017)

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The tenth film in the X-Men film series, Wolverine is a superhero film directed by James Mangold. The plot follows the titular character, Wolverine, and a young mutant named Laura. Wolverine comes out of retirement to protect Laura from an evil corporation’s attacks and bring her to a safe place. Aside from the presence of a young girl with superhuman abilities, Wolverine and Firestarters are similar in that they are protected by a fatherly figure while being hunted.