If you read my site on a regular basis, you know that I rarely pass up the opportunity to review films, most especially horror movies. The horror genre is my favorite movie genre. Sadly, most horror movies these days are more laughable than they are scary. But that’s just one opinion.
Available today on digital and on On Demand platforms is the horror movie, The Return.
The Return stars Richard Harmon and Sara Thompson, from the The CW’s smash-hit series The 100. In addition, Echo Andersson also stars.
Rodger (Harmon) returns to his childhood home after the death of his father to clear up lose ends and to settle his father’s affairs. He brings along his girlfriend Beth (Thompson) and best friend Jordan (Andersson).
Almost right away weird things start happening. Not only that, Rodger starts having horrible nightmares and images of his childhood, from the death of his younger sister, to events that took place with his mother, both before and after the death of his sister. After his sister died, Rodger’s mother became very obsessed with her work, often ignoring Rodger.
The longer they are in the house, the stranger, and more dangerous, the strange events occur. Most unsettling is the appearance of a female ghost who is hell bent on hurting them.
Who is the ghost and why is it trying to harm them? Why is Rodger suddenly being plagued by strange flashbacks from his youth? Are these things connected some how? To find out, you need to check out Return. Look for it On Demand as well as on digital.
There are a few movies named Return (or The Return). Make sure you check out the correct film (I’m not sure if the others are on digital or On Demand). Make sure the movie poster looks like the one above.
I’m on the fence with this one. If I had to sum it up in one word, I would say that this film was just “OK.”
The film was not scary FOR ME (it takes A LOT to scare me), but for those who are easily scared by “jump scares.”
I liked the special effects used to create the ghost person (the hairless one). I certainly would lose my mind if I saw something like THAT creeping around my home.
The acting was not bad. I liked Echo Andersson the most. She was the goofy best friend with the snarky one liners. She was funny.
The story it’s self was nothing new. It was almost like a “been there, done that” sort of situation.
There were some far fetched moments in the film, like a silly “gun” that Rodger makes to help him against the ghost. I almost spit my ice tea out laughing when I saw that. THAT part was not necessary. I think they could have done a more serious (and scary) way of dealing with the monster.
I won’t give away any spoilers, but something really bad happens to Rodgers girlfriend, Beth. He shows NO EMOTION whatsoever. Even after all was said and done, he never showed any emotion towards what happened to her at all. I found that especially odd. If you find out what happens to her, you’ll know what I am referring to.
This film felt like it was something I watched on television, like a Lifetime or Syfy movie. Certainly not a film you’d see in theaters. It’s just lacking that Joie de vivre that makes is a “must see” film.
Oddly enough, the film looks like it was released back in 2018 (I found a trailer on YouTube dated November 5, 2018). I’m not sure why it’s coming out on digital and On Demand now. Perhaps the film was in theaters back in 2018? I don’t really know.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
I should note that the trailer shows the best parts of the film (as trailers normally do). The trailer makes the film look a lot better than it actually is, in my opinion of course.
*I received a free screener link in order to review this film. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.