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Back from the Dead (1957)

 -  Horror  -  12 August 1957 (USA)
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A newly married young woman is possessed by the evil spirt of her husband's deceased first wife. The possession turns her into a scheming killer who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

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Mandy Hazelton Anthony
Arthur Franz ...
Dick Anthony
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Kate Hazelton
Don Haggerty ...
John Mitchell
Marianne Stewart ...
Nancy Cordell
Otto Reichow ...
Maitre Renault
Helen Wallace ...
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Evelyn Scott ...
Molly Prentiss
Jeanne Bates ...
Agnes, the Bradley housekeeper
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When Katy Hazleton visits her sister, Miranda/Mandy, and her husband, Dick Anthony, Dick tells her of his concern over Miranda's recent moody and strange behavior. Walking along the beach that night, Miranda hears strange voices, and when she returns home, becomes hysterical and falls into a coma. When she recovers, she is hostile and claims she is Felicia and not Miranda. Dick tells Katy that Felicia was his first wife, who died in a plunge from a cliff. Miranda asks to see Mr. and Mrs. Bradley, parents of Felicia, and when she calls Ada Bradley "mother", Dick and Katy realize she is possessed by "the other one." Ada Bradley has been practicing black magic for six years and believes it is responsible for returning her dead daughter to her. Mr. Bradley, as one would expect, is horrified at both revelations, although the first one indicates he wasn't paying much attention to what his wife was doing when she was puttering around the kitchen the past few years. That night "Felicia" tries... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Did she come back to LOVE or KILL? His First Wife In His Second Wife's Body!

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Eerie Atmosphere
2 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an eerie movie about someone who comes back from the dead to take over the body of someone else.

This was accomplished by practitioners of the black arts who wanted to bring the original person back to life.

The entire movie has a rather strange atmosphere due to the subject matter.

This is an interesting subject because it is probably possible. Usually the cases I've heard about was where someone becomes possessed by non human entities (The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror, etc.).

Possibly more likely is the theory presented in the the movie 'Horror Hotel' where the satanic creatures are given many lifetimes by Satan.

Ultimately this is probably what satanism comes down to. A certain number of evil lifetimes in exchange for a soul.

It is thought provoking.

Jeff Marzano

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