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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: 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 (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BTGY3C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,053 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Seeking a little peace and quiet to write some new songs, a washed-up American singer ("The Love Boat" theme crooner Jack Jones) moves into a secluded English house. But his mind isn't on a new romance when he's contacted by his ex-wife's ghost, whose clues about her murder lead Jones to a confrontation with the killer. Offbeat chiller also stars Pamela Stephenson, David Doyle, Holly Palance. AKA: "The Day the Screaming Stopped," "Encore." 100 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; photo gallery; more.

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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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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 Cheesy+campy= Great Fun September 13, 2013
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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. Sure it was cheesy with the blood being a bright tomato red, but it was exactly what I expected. The special effects were exactly what I remembered from my childhood TV viewing. I think the best line in this movie was, "It was her maggotty head you found in the basement." Perfect. Then when I googled the star, Jack Jones, and found out he sang the "Love Boat" theme song, it just tied everything together with a nice big bow. I loved it.
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