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In a post-zombie world, where the infected live normal lives, their retroviral drug is running out.


Manuel Carballo


Hatem Khraiche (story), Hatem Khraiche
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Hampshire ... Kate
Kris Holden-Ried ... Alex Green
Shawn Doyle ... Jacob
Claudia Bassols ... Amber
Melina Matthews ... Eve
Barry Flatman ... Dave
Olunike Adeliyi ... Return Unit Nurse (as Oluniké Adeliyi)
Steven Gallagher Steven Gallagher ... Security Guard
Josh Pattynama Josh Pattynama ... Infected Boy
David Tompa ... Father
Megan Fahlenbock ... Mother
Bruno Verdoni ... Investigating Officer
Rhea Akler Rhea Akler ... Kate's Mother
Leo Petrus Leo Petrus ... Man in Conference Room
Paul Anthony ... Government Spokesperson


In a world where a deadly zombie virus has infected mankind, a single cure has been found. The cure, a treatment called the "Return Protein" which stays the effects of the virus in its host. With injections every 36 hours, the "Returned" are able to live as though they were never bit, despite the virus still coursing through their veins. When it is discovered that the protein stock is running low, chaos hits the streets. Returned who run out of the protein turn to zombies and wreak havoc, protesters turn to murderers as they try to rid the streets of the returned, and right in the middle of it all are Alex and Kate. Kate a leading doctor in the field of zombie virus' and Alex a musician with a dark secret, he is a Returned. As death and fear run rampant, Alex's secret becomes known and his dosage runs low, he and Kate must fight for a chance to live before he becomes a zombie. Written by Uncork'd Entertainment

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Spain | Canada



Release Date:

15 November 2013 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Retornados See more »

Filming Locations:

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€95,997 (Spain), 15 November 2013, Limited Release
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The detectives come and search Alex and Kate's apartment when he doesn't show up at the surveillance center, yet they never show up at the house owned by Jacob and Amber when she doesn't. See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Zombie (2015) See more »


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Composers Dan Robinson & Ben Cutarelli
Publishing S.I. Publishing & Sounds Incredible Publishing (SOCAN)
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Sticks to familiar tricks, but well done and fun twist on zombie stuff
28 March 2015 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

The Returned (2013)

I'm sure every screenwriter is straining to find a way to tap into the zombie movie craze while it's hot. So here's the latest twist—an antidote exists for zombie-ness. Those who are now safely taking their medication are no longer zombies and are dubbed "the Returned."

Of course, these are prejudiced against, and of course there is a constant search for enough medicine to go around—but I'm getting ahead of myself. The main point is that now we can have the threat of zombies without quite having zombies. So maybe this isn't a zombie movie after all!

Except it is, and cleverly so. The leading woman is a doctor who is aware the shortage of medicine—and someone she loves (unnamed here) is one of the Returned, so it matters very much. Tension builds nicely in a couple of different ways, and the general mood (mostly avoiding the usual grotesqueness) is steadily intense. It's good stuff, and a nice surprise. I'm not sure why the overall rating is so low.

This is a Spanish production with a mostly North American cast, so it's basically a low budget fringe film. It doesn't feel like it, however, so expect something solid. Canadian Emily Hampshire is the leading actor, and she gives it all credibility. If there is a weakness here it might be a lack of adventure—the plot follows its logical line closely and the small turns of events are not surprising, quite.

Still, it's well enough done I say, watch it if you are inclined to this kind of movie at all. Or to a quieter kind of zombie plot.

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