‘Firestarter’ And Other Great Horror Movies Turn Up The Heat On Peacock This May

May 2, 2022

Written by Ella Rebecca Horton

Ella Rebecca has been in love with the horror genre since an early age. The Bride of Frankenstein began her love of the classics and she's been writing and collecting since.

This May, Peacock is turning up the heat while you keep cool inside with new originals, classic movies, and great series, and we’ve got your guide.


On May 13th, the new adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter premieres, but that’s not all, on May 1st a collection of horror movies based on King’s works will begin to arrive.


Cat’s Eye (1985)- May 1
Creepshow (1982)- May 1
Dreamcatcher (2003)- May 1
Needful Things (1993)- May 1
Firestarter (1984)- May 5
Firestarter (2022)*- In theaters and streaming only on Peacock on May 13th


A lot of great horror movies are also headed your way this May!


Constantine (2005)*- May 1
Resident Evil (2002)- May 1
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)- May 1
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)- May 1
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)- May 1
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)- May 1
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)- May 1

Saw II (2005)*- May 2
Saw III (2006)*- May 2
Saw IV (2007)*- May 2
Saw V (2008)*- May 2
Saw VI (2009)*- May 2
Saw: The Final Chapter (2010)*- May 2
Halloween II (1981)- May 5
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)- May 5
They Live (1988)- May 5Village of the Damned (1995)- May 5


In the new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic thriller Firestarter, from the producers of The Invisible Man, a girl with extraordinary pyrokinetic powers fights to protect her family and herself from sinister forces that seek to capture and control her.


For more than a decade, parents Andy (Zac Efron; Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile; The Greatest Showman) and Vicky (Sydney Lemmon; Fear the Walking Dead, Succession) have been on the run, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong; American Horror Story: Double Feature, The Tomorrow War) from a shadowy federal agency that wants to harness her unprecedented gift for creating fire into a weapon of mass destruction.


Andy has taught Charlie how to defuse her power, which is triggered by anger or pain. But as Charlie turns 11, the fire becomes harder and harder to control. After an incident reveals the family’s location, a mysterious operative (Michael Greyeyes; Wild Indian, Rutherford Falls) is deployed to hunt down the family and seize Charlie once and for all. Charlie has other plans.


The film also stars Kurtwood Smith (Amityville: The Awakening, Hitchcock), John Beasley (The Purge: Anarchy, The Sum of All Fears), and Gloria Reuben (Lincoln, Mr. Robot). The Firestarter score is composed by the legendary John Carpenter (Halloween, Christine, The Fog) and his fellow Halloween franchise composers Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies.


Directed by Keith Thomas, whose previous film The Vigil took the number one spot on our “Top 10 Movies of 2021” list, the film’s screenplay is by Scott Teems (Halloween Kills). Firestarter is produced by Jason Blum (Halloween, The Invisible Man) for Blumhouse and Oscar® winner Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend, Constantine) for Weed Road Pictures. The film’s executive producers are Ryan Turek, Gregory Lessans, Scott Teems, Martha De Laurentiis, J.D. Lifshitz, and Raphael Margules.



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