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The Tommyknockers is a television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. Cohen and starred Marg Helgenberger and Jimmy Smits. Anderson suffers from writer's block and Gardner is a recovering alcoholic who currently is not writing. One day, Bobbi stumbles over a manmade stone object protruding from the ground. She shows Gard and they begin excavating the object and discover a series of connected cubes made of an unknown alloy.
As Anderson and Gardner unearth more of the object, the residents of Haven begin to undergo subtle changes. Insomnia becomes common, along with rudimentary telepathy. Some individuals begin inventing wild gadgets using kitchen tools, batteries, small appliances, and other odds and ends. These inventions have a green glow when active. Gardner is astonished when Anderson's "telepathic typewriter" is able to create a well-written novel about buffalo soldiers.
Anderson also begins to dig compulsively around the artifact, revealing more and more of it. Gardner has a metal plate in his head from a skiing accident, and Anderson believes that might be inhibiting whatever is "improving" the others. Even the children start showing changes. A child named Hilly Brown uses his "magic machine" on his brother Davey, which makes Davey disappear.
Sheriff Merrill Cassidy leads the town in an unsuccessful search for the child. The search for Davey Brown slackens as the people of Haven, including Davey's parents Bryant Carradine and Marie Corley , become more obsessed with their inventions and become drained of energy and life. Both Hilly, who receives a brain tumor from trying to bring Davey back with his magic machine; and Deputy Becka Paulson Beasley , who becomes insane after seeing her cheating husband Joe Paulson De Young being electrocuted; are hospitalized and recite sayings about the "tommyknockers.
Merrill is still persistent in the search, and discovers Bobbi Anderson unearthing the huge object. Hilly's grandfather Ev researches the town's history, uncovering newspaper articles going back more than two centuries documenting inexplicable mass murders, deadly hunting accidents, and even a Native American tribal chief claiming that the area is cursed.
Sheriff Merrill now believes that Anderson had something to do with Davey Brown's disappearance, and almost arrests her. However, when trying to contact Trooper Duggan Ashton about the situation, Merrill is assaulted by her dolls and is knocked unconscious. The phone lines die as well, persuading Duggan and two other troopers to investigate. The two other troopers get sucked in with Nancy Voss Lord 's disintegrator ray contained in a lipstick which emits a green light and destroys anything.
Gardner, noticing the bizarre circumstances Haven is facing, finds Bobbi standing alongside other townspeople in front of a local town hall, suggesting everyone is possessed by some evil force and is planning to complete their "becoming". He is discovered and attempts to flee, but his vehicle is disabled and a green energy barrier that harms the metal plate in his head prevents him from getting out.
Trooper Dugan is killed by the explosion of a vending machine , while Ev is lured by Bryant and Marie into Anderson's padlocked garage. Gardner steals Bobbi's key to get into the locked garage. He discovers a large amount of alien technology. Petey the dog, Sheriff Merrill, and Ev Hillman have been encased in glowing green crystal and are being used or consumed in some way by the alien equipment.
Hillman is still alive, however, and informs Gardner that Davey is "with the tommyknockers", which leads Gardner to believe the child is inside the buried alien object. Gardner fakes being a part of the group and convinces Bobbi that they must descend into the alien object to fully "become". Gardner and Anderson uncover a portal that takes them hundreds of feet into what is obviously an alien starship.
They find several mummified aliens as well as an alien strapped to a gigantic wheel-like device. They conclude the alien controlled the ship telepathically, and once linked could not be removed.
They also find that the ship is using the mental energy of Davey, who is trapped in a crystal, as power, and Gardner realizes that it is also draining the life-force from Anderson and the others. This realization forces Anderson to reveal that she experimented on her dog and is killing the boy. The flood of emotion breaks the control over Anderson's mind, and Gardner and Anderson free Davey, with Anderson taking the boy to the surface. Gardner pulls the dead pilot from the control panel, and connects himself to the ship.
On the surface, the other townspeople realize the ship is active and begin to run to the excavation site. Anderson and Davey exit the ship and run into the woods. Aboard the buried craft, Gardner destroys the external portal controls, preventing anyone from entering the ship. Bryant Brown is killed as a result of an unsuccessful attempt to use a disintegrator rifle on the ship's hull, which enrages Voss, and she tries to kill Anderson and Davey before being choked to death by Ev Hillman.
Hillman dies, but Anderson is able to save Petey. Below the ground, the alien vessel begins lifting off. Much of the alien technology on the surface explodes, forcing Anderson and Brown to flee the garage before they can save Sheriff Merrill. Gardner takes the ship high into the sky, where he causes it to explode just as the aliens start coming back to life.
Everyone in the town is freed from the alien influence and suffered no ill effects. Anderson and her dog are seen later sitting in the forest, looking up at the night sky. Gardner is heard reciting some of his poetry. Lawrence D. Cohen , who worked on the previous ABC Stephen King miniseries It , made several "solutions" to the mostly-mixed-reviewed novel in the miniseries screenplay that satisfied King; this included changing the book's bad ending where all of the characters died.
Marshall ; instead of the townspeople moving around in fluid while instruments are drilled to their head, the people's minds are controlled by three characters, include Marshall's character, being trapped in a crystal.
The Tommyknockers faced a very complicated production process. Then came in the complications of shooting so far from the United States; the producers had to deal with inexperienced New Zealand workers in its member crew, and sending equipment and support people through long distances and customs officials ate up a chunk of the budget.
Penikas and Hartwell had to spend additional money resending the chemicals with tree sap and bark holding them to make the officials feel reassured. Finally adding salt to the wound was a disorderly filming schedule and last-minute re-writes, where halfway in the filming process the script for the second part wasn't even completed.
The location footage of Puhoi was originally planned to be mixed with matte paintings ; however, a square-foot miniature model of Haven built by the crew for five weeks was used due to greater flexibility in angles and lighting. Alterian, Inc. New Zealand effects artist Richard Taylor and his company, the Richard Taylor Modelmakers, created six Neanderthal skeleton models multiplied in the final cut through bluescreening and an electric-powered mock design of Petey the dog.
They originally planned the dog model to swim underwater, but this was rejected and the dog sleepwalked in the final cut. The miniseries received negative reactions. Tony Scott in Variety described it as "hokey whoop-de-doo" and criticised the writing and the special effects, though he praised the acting.
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The Tommyknockers is a science fiction novel by Stephen King. While maintaining a horror style, the novel is an excursion into the realm of science fiction for King, as the residents of the Maine town of Haven gradually fall under the influence of a mysterious object buried in the woods. King views The Tommyknockers as "an awful book. While walking in the woods near the small town of Haven, Maine, Roberta "Bobbi" Anderson, a writer of Wild West -themed fiction, stumbles upon a metal object that turns out to be a protrusion of a long-buried alien spacecraft. Once exposed, the spacecraft begins to release an invisible gas into the atmosphere that gradually transforms people into beings similar to the aliens who populated the ship. The transformation, or "becoming," provides them with a limited form of genius which makes them very inventive but does not provide any philosophical or ethical insight into their inventions.