This cheap independent film was heralded as being "torn from today's headlines." A pyromaniac is on the loose in a small town. Several good-looking young people fall under suspicion. Is it the obvious "punk" type, or the clean-cut kid? The Flaming Urge is one of the few films made by Harold Lloyd Jr., whose showbiz career never did get off the ground, despite extensive help and support from his famous dad. Lloyd's costar is Cathy Downs, who'd seen better days cinematically.