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The Returned (2013)

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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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Neither Zombies Nor Humans


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Shawn Doyle (Jacob), Kris Holden-Ried (Alex Green) and Emily Hampshire (Kate) have worked with actor Tim Rozon in separate projects. Both Shawn and Kris have worked with Tim in the show Lost Girl (2010), playing Isaac Taft, Dyson Thornwood and Massimo/The Druid respectively; Emily worked with Tim in the show Schitt's Creek (2015), playing Stevie Budd and Mutt Schitt respectively. See more »


At the beginning of the film where Kate and Alex are in bed, the time on the alarm clock is 11:20. They talk for about 20 seconds and when the angle shows the alarm clock again, the time is 12:04. See more »


Features White Zombie (1932) See more »


The Returned Guitar Theme
Composer Greg Wyard
Publishing Greg Wyard Music
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Well the title is "The Returned" not "Zombies"!
25 February 2014 | by gothic-fictionSee all my reviews

Yes, not your typical zombie movie, this meaning you won't see your usual doze of thousands of zombies, blood and guts covering most floors and choked screams surrounding your walls. Is that really such a bad thing? Lets remember how this all started "Night of the living dead" was the pioneer, and it tried to be scary, to show a different kind of world. So does "The returned". I for one can say I completely understand why this one is over 6, because it really was pleasant to watch. Sure, the kick will be delivered in a different way than anticipated, or expected, but it's still a good kick, that will leave a mark on you.

So yeah, try it, recommend it for sure, not for all of you "zombie heads die hard" that want to see flesh and pain, cause this one doesn't deliver on such a level, but if you wanna see a post apocalyptic world, almost destroyed by a virus, here is the place to stop.

In my opinion, neglecting black comedies, such as Dead Snow and Zombieland, I think this one is my 2nd favorite modern zombie movie, after Open Grave.

It was fun to watch!

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Release Date:

15 November 2013 (Spain) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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