THE COMEBACK (1978)
Viewing Date: 5-5-2012
Posting Date: 5-15-2012
Directed by Pete Walker
Featuring Jack Jones, Pamela Stephenson, David Doyle
What it is: Horror thriller
A singing star moves into an English country estate and begins work on a new album, unaware that his ex-wife has just been brutally murdered. He begins to have strange visions of her death, but are they just visions...?
Pete Walker has directed some interesting horror movies, some of which I quite like. This one has an interesting premise, a nice touch of mystery, and has a way of unfolding in unexpected ways. It is also rather contrived, especially in the ways it tries to throw suspicion on different characters at one time or another. The movie also has long dead spots in the story; it spends too much time on the "artist trying to make a comeback" storyline, and his involvement with his manager's secretary. Still, the biggest problem I had with this movie is its ending; after setting up some interesting situations, the final revelations are distressingly ordinary, and the overall story doesn't hold up under any close examination. I'm afraid I found this one to be particularly disappointing.