Horror director Tobe Hooper's latest fiasco is a work of nonsense called SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION. Clumsy, confusing, and forgettable, the film tells the story of David (played as an adult by the ever-demented Brad Dourif), a man with an unwanted ability to make himself and others catch
fire. Beginning in Nevada, during the hydrogen-bomb testing of the 50s, and ending in the present day with the start-up of a nuclear power plant, SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION has a science-fiction plot: as the film opens, a typical 50s couple is being used in government experiments involving a serum
that may or may not immunize the human body against the effects of radiation. The couple is ...