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The Comeback (1979)

Jack Jones , Pamela Stephenson , Pete Walker  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jack Jones, Pamela Stephenson, David Doyle, Bill Owen, Sheila Keith
  • Directors: Pete Walker
  • Writers: Michael Sloan, Murray Smith
  • Producers: Pete Walker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BTGY3C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,873 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Comeback" on IMDb

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After coming to England to record a comeback album, a singer discovers that his estranged wife has died and that other people in his life are also being killed.
Genre: Horror
Rating: UN
Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: DVD

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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From Media Blasters/Shriek Show comes another entry in The Pete Walker Collection in the film The Comeback (1979) aka The Day the Screaming Stopped, which was both produced and directed by Pete Walker (House of Whipcord, Frightmare, Schizo). Starring in the film is popular, Grammy winning crooner Jack Jones (Juke Box Rhythm, Airplane II: The Sequel) in one of his few, silver screen roles. Also appearing is Pamela Stephenson (Superman III), Bill Owen (The Secret of Blood Island), Sheila Keith (Frightmare), Holly Palance (The Best of Times), daughter of legendary actor Jack Palance, Peter Turner (The Krays), and David Doyle, probably best known for his role as `Bosley' on the late 1970s television series "Charlie's Angels".

As the film begins two things happen, the first being the arrival of American pop singer Nick Cooper (Jones) in England and the second being the brutal murder of his ex-wife Gail (Palance) in his English penthouse apartment (she was viciously hacked to bits with a sickle by an assailant dressed up like an old lady, complete with granny mask). So Nick, whose career has been in the toilet for the last six years (primarily due to Gail railroading his career), has come to London to produce a new album, and his manager Webster `Web' Jones (Doyle) sets him up at a large English manor, complete with recording studio. As Nick arrives at the manor he meets the caretakers, a couple named Mr. And Mrs. B (Owen and Keith, respectively) and settles in proper. Later that evening Nick is awoken upon hearing unexplained noises but he eventually writes them off as his imagination. As Nick begins working on his album he gets friendly with Webster's executive assistant (i.e. his secretary), an attractive blonde woman named Linda Everett (Stephenson).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm Sorry If I Startled You!"... January 7, 2014
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Director Pete Walker's (FRIGHTMARE, HOUSE OF WHIPCORD, SCHIZO) film THE COMEBACK is about a musician named Nick Cooper (Jack Jones), who goes to stay at a remote mansion in order to get away from the city. He's trying to re-start his career after an ugly divorce. Meanwhile, back at his penthouse, his ex-wife Gail drops by and is brutally murdered by a masked maniac! Upon his arrival at the massive estate, Nick meets the housekeeper, Mrs. B (The wonderfully wicked Sheila Keith- FRIGHTMARE, HOUSE OF WHIPCORD), who seems to know an awful lot about Nick's music career and personal habits. She and her husband are a spooky pair indeed! At night, Nick hears odd sounds and a female crying / screaming. He even sees a rotting corpse in the hallway! Is he being haunted by ghosts, or is the answer more mundane? What does all this have to do w/ whomever killed Gail and why? THE COMEBACK is a macabre mystery w/ gruesome shocks aplenty. While not as well-known as some of Walker's other films, I believe it deserves a much wider audience...
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Just finished The Comeback, and actually enjoyed it. It was a little slow in places, but kept my attention due to some of the weirdness mainly, which brings me to a question: Was Webster (David Doyle) actually in on it? If you haven't seen the film, stop here: 1) Was it just a complete coincidence that he would set up his former star in a house with 2 goody toe-shoes, mourning parents who have a hatred against Conner? 2) Webster was very quick to dismiss his assistant, saying he got a letter on his desk that she had went away, but would the old couple be that saavy to sneak into a record producer's office and leave such a letter? 3) On the assistant again, Webster says something to the effect of "Don't worry, you will see her again real soon and not to worry." The way he says it implies that he's going to be joining her because he knows she's going to meet her demise. 4) Throughout the film, his character always had a layer of envy or hidden vendetta against his star, almost as if he wants him to fail. 5) The act with the trio of girls singing has another scene with a female prodigy coming to him asking why she has never been introduced to anything bigger after being just a back-up for 6 years -- the same amount of time Conner was gone from the spotlight. I didn't see any of this addressed in the commentary, but there was mention of another person adding elements to the script so I wonder if whether Webster was intentionally left out as to give the audience something to think about (I doubt that) or the director actually didn't pick up on these nuances to make the same connections -- either way, watch it for yourself. I think someone got away with it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great horror film from Pete Walker. September 9, 2014
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Director Pete Walker makes a bloody good thriller here as retired pop singer Nick Cooper (Jack Jones) decides to come out of retirement after divoricing his wife (Holly Palance) of six years. In the beginning we witness the bloody slaughter of his wife with a sickle (her hand is chopped off and face and body brutally slashed) by someone wearing a rubber witch mask. Nick's manager Webster Jones (David Doyle) sets him up in an old mansion in England to settle down and write and record some new songs. Pretty soon he begins hearing the cries and screams of a woman at night and views a rotting body in a wheelchair and then the maggot-filled head of his ex-wife (who he doesn't know is dead) in a hatbox in the basement. He cracks up and is committed to an institution as no one else, including housekeeper Mrs. B (Sheila Keith) can see or hear the body and noises. He is then set free and sets out to solve the mystery of who is trying to drive him mad. Could it be his manager? His new girlfriend (Pamela Stephenson)? Mrs. and Mr. B (Bill Owen)? Or is he just mad, like everyone thinks? Needless to say, the denouement is outrageous (you would never guess why in a million years) and the outcome bloody and inconclusive (as the final freeze-frame accentuates). Real-life singer Jones makes a better singer than actor, but he begins to get into a groove here that makes the proceedings seem more realistic than if a professional actor were to have taken the role. There are exactly three murders here and they are bloody and shocking (especially Holly Palance's). The blood is extremely red and flows freely. Sheila Keith is no stranger to Pete Walker films, appearing in his HOUSE OF WHIPCORD and FRIGHTMARE (a.k.a. FRIGHTMARE II - both 1974), THE CONFESSIONAL (1975) and HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS (1983). Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of OK, not all that bad
Not really that bad a movie even though the plot line is somewhat silly to me. Acting could be better as well but it's still a movie you can get through on a rainy day or have a... Read more
Published 15 days ago by NY Shopper
3.0 out of 5 stars Jack Jones, anyone?
Schlocky fun, terrible acting & ridiculous plot. Just add tequila, & you have a Z movie made for a drinking game. See also MST3K.
Published 8 months ago by Marnee woodruff
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy+campy= Great Fun
I grew up watching all those movies of the week on TV. Most of them had a horror tone to them, and I loved it. This movie started out rolling. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Melinda Gilliland
2.0 out of 5 stars devoid of spooky
No i did not watch it to the end. Quite a few films establish a direction, wether that is opening music or character behaviour and there is no way they can recover because it... Read more
Published 16 months ago by .fgd
4.0 out of 5 stars The Comeback
If you are a Jack Jones fan I recommend this film only because he does do some singing. The movie is enjoyable and has a twist which makes for a good movie.
Published on May 2, 2010 by Shelley A. Beckmann
4.0 out of 5 stars like for them to try a remake of this
When I first saw this film I was 10 and it was on channel "Z" (remember that far back?) It took me almost 20 years to find it on Vhs , and when I finally did, the picture was... Read more
Published on December 14, 2006 by lonesome crow
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