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The Dead Talk Back (1993)

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A psychic researcher attempts to solve a murder by using a radio that enables him to speak with the dead.

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Eccentric scientist/metaphysician Henry Krasker (Aldo Farnese) is asked to assist in solving the murder of one of his housemates by attempting to contact her spirit beyond the grave. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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Shot in 1957, the film was never seen outside of an editing machine until 1993, when it was discovered by Sinister Cinema at the old offices of Headliner Productions. Sinister bought the rights to sell it on video in 1993. It gained the most attention when it was shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). See more »

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When Harry and Lewis are eating at the diner, the passing counter person's waistline is a good foot higher than the counter. When they entered it was higher than the average waist. See more »

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Henry Krasker: [demonstrating his invention] The razor blade is attached to the speaker by wires and is then placed in the wine glass. If there is an entity or spirit present in the room, it would be possible thourgh a method known as telekenis, or the moving of objects by thought, to move the vibrator contained in the speaker.
Hope Byington: Oh, I remember something like that in school. A student, during a demonstration, moved a salt shaker across a table by merely concentrating on it.
Henry Krasker: That's precisely the same theory that ...
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Dead Talk Back (1994) See more »

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Classic BAD movie is one for bad movie lovers to search out
21 July 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

I'm coming late to the game on this one,and I'm so disappointed. It was shown as part of the sixth season of Mystery Science 3000 which how most people have run across it. The story is that Sinister Cinema discovered the film at the Headliner offices and promptly snapped up the rights to this 1957 horror/crime drama. Bad movie lovers have been feeling the pain ever since.

The plot concerns a woman living in a boarding house who is murdered. The subsequent police investigation includes a machine to talk to the dead. Everyone the woman lived and worked with are suspects.

What can I say about this movie? Its hysterical. I could almost believe that the film was a joke except that there is too much evidence to suggest otherwise. It opens with a nonsensical silent sequence of a man following a woman at night., It moves on to the criminologist explaining about his invention to talk to the dead. From there we get misplaced voice over narration, dialog sequences that seem to have been randomly cut together, a woman who inexplicably disrobes as she speaks to the police, The murder victim clearly holding the arrow to her chest, differing murder weapons in different sequences, loopy dialog and some of the wildest hair on record. Its a bad movie lovers dream. I'm going to have to watch this again just to see all of the mistakes, miscues and oddball choices for myself.

This is a movie to get your hands on and pick apart. I know MST3K did just that but this movie is so ripe for destruction that odds are you and your friends and loved ones will come up with infinitely better lines. This is a classic bad movie.

If you want to have a good time with your friends find this movie and watch it, just go easy on the popcorn you might just choke to death when you're laughing.


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