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Back from the Dead (1957)

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
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Dick Anthony
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Kate Hazelton
Don Haggerty ...
John Mitchell
Marianne Stewart ...
Nancy Cordell
Otto Reichow ...
Maitre Renault
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Ada Bradley
James Bell ...
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Evelyn Scott ...
Molly Prentiss
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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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Bury Me Dead  »

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Marsha Hunt stands up to "Felicia" who has possessed her sister
27 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Back from the Dead" (1957) has Marsha Hunt visiting her pregnant sister, Peggie Castle, who is married to Arthur Franz. He lost his first wife "Felicia" a year ago when she fell from a cliff. A cult of Satanists is operating in the neighborhood, which borders on the ocean and its constantly crashing waves. Castle has a first-time epileptic seizure and when she awakens, she's been possessed by Felicia. Franz's character mostly vacillates but Hunt is far more plucky and willing to fight the possession.

Eerie music is pervasive, which the movie needs because a lot of it is talk that develops the movie's turmoil, conflicts and struggles among the characters. There is a lot of this and it's interesting. Still, the way that it's done makes the movie slow at times. The screenplay and directing needed tightening up and spark in order to make this film work better. As it stands, it has some dead ends and disconnected subplots. The potential of the story is not translated fully enough into emotion and then impact on us viewers.

I'd love to see this film in a good print, especially a widescreen print. This was originally Regalscope, and it deserves to be seen as such. I think that widescreen visual impact might help a lot in moving the movie along and enhancing its impact.


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