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Ritorno dalla Morte

Return from Death
Frankenstein 2000

Italy 1992
produced by
Filmirage
directed by David Hills (= Joe D'Amato = Aristide Massaccesi)
starring Donald O'Brien, Cinzia Monreale, Richard Harsh, Dan Dustman
costumes by Laura Gemser

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Cinzia Monreale is raped & beaten into a coma by the son of the village bigshot & his friends. Donald O'Brien - as the village weirdo - gets the blame, is thrown into prison &, once there, killed. But Monreale, still in a coma, has telepathic abilities & thus is able to awake O'Brien from the dead, having him kill her tormentors.

But somehow the walking dead seems to enjoy his killing spree & does act out some revenge of his own as well.

Only when he wants to kill Monreale's boyfriend (you see, when still alive, O'Brien was secretly in love with Monreale) & her young son steps in, she lets down her guard long enough for the boyfriend to plug out her life-sustaining machines, killing her but releasing O'Brien's corpse from her spell, letting him finally rest in peace.

 

Somehow, by the 90's the Italians by & large have completely lost  the ability to make these endearing horror cheapies - & it's not that the plots got too crazy or the actors more wooden, this was always the case at least since the late 70's, & they did produce some great trash back then. It's more that they completely lost faith in their own talents, & so instead of producing something generic (& Joe D'Amato, though a man of some talent, was never the most original filmmaker to begin with) this one is just a horror-by-numbers-picture dull enough that it could as easily have been produced in the US (actually, if you think this movie bears some semblance to Charles Band's Crash - you are right).

Only in a dream-sequence in which a fat guy runs through the woods while maniacally wielding an axe, do we see a glimpse of genuine Italian pulp fiction, a glimpse of what could have been. Unfortunately, that's not enough.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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