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The Returning (1983)

| Horror, Mystery
Two different men are possessed by spirits of Native Americans after they separately wander into a sacred burial ground. When John and Sybil come home with their son after a trip to the ... See full summary »

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... Sybil Ophir
Gabriel Walsh ... John Ophir
... Al Lyons
... Grace
Brian Poelman ... Jason Ophir
... Kevin
H.E.D. Redford ... Mr. Rizer
Mostea Oshley ... Medicine Man
Babetta Dick ... Co-worker
Terrell Dougan ... Neighbor #1
Beverly Rowland ... Neighbor #2 (as Beverly Booth Rowland)
... Spikee (as Richard W. Barker)
Logan Field ... Jimmy the Bartender
Victoria Lopez ... Al's Girlfriend
Ben Jones ... Indian in Trading Post
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Two different men are possessed by spirits of Native Americans after they separately wander into a sacred burial ground. When John and Sybil come home with their son after a trip to the Mojave Desert, they bring an unusual stone back as a memento of the trip. The stone seems to cause strange noises and other horrible inexplicable phenomena. Written by Ørnås

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An untidy but oddly coercive supernatural maelstrom.
22 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

A couple lose their son in a freak accident. Two stones the boy had collected from an Indian Reservation keep his spirit "alive", along with those of two ancient Native American warriors.

As stated in previous comments here, there is a great deal of befuddling intricacy in this film which may be a monogram of somewhat avant-gard directorial flair, or quite possibly just messy editing(I also got the feeling that it may have passed through a few too many junctions in post-production). Still, I found THE RETURNING to be a curiously haunting film which made me recall Peter Weir's THE LAST WAVE. While that film, though vastly superior, presents an Aboriginal mythos, the supernatural elements of THE RETURNING are of Native American lore. Both films, different as they are on many levels, present a similar incorporeal eeriness and unresolved metaphysical/spiritual mystery, despite remaining largely bloodless and actionless throughout. Good performances all around from the leads, especially Strasberg and Warrick.

Opinions will be scattered regarding this film, but if you enjoy a brooding, more cerebral type of horror, give it a shot. Clearly there are many who don't like it, but I personally feel it is unjustly maligned and worth a look.

5/10


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