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The Comeback

3.1 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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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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  • 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BTGY3C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,488 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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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In the opening scene we see Gail ( Holly Palance ) pop star Nick Cooper's (Jack Jones) separated wife get killed with a scythe across the face. Nick is attempting a comeback. Although he is described as a sinful gyrating pop star, his music is more akin to Andy Williams. At night Nick has visions of his rotting wife and hears her voice, although only the killer knows she is dead.

This is the film where the killer where's a hag mask so that the people (s)he kills can't identify him (her). The film was mildly camp. Once the killer is revealed and why, it only gets worse. I didn't like it. Lovers of old mildly campy films might like it. I prefer "House of Whipcord" for era camp.

F-bomb. Near sex. near nudity.
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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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By R. Kim on January 16, 2016
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This is one film that should have never "come back." It was so dreadful, that poor Jack Jones probably regretted the day he ever decided to star in this turkey. The only thing worse that this piece of low budget, cinematic garbage was the blond hair that someone actually thought would look good on Mr. Jones. After subjecting myself to the torture to watching the first half of this monstrosity of movie making, the only redeeming thing I could think of was to write this review to warn any fellow human being to steer clear of this pitiful loser.
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Hilariously if completely unintentionally campy horror flick. In the tradition of the best of the bad '70's horror dramas there's bad music, dreadful make-up effects, great bad acting, and wonderfully weird and inappropriate pauses in the storyline to run down one rabbit hole or another for absolutely no reason. I don't think this film was meant to be so but to me it is nevertheless uproariously fun and entertaining to watch. I don't believe it'd actually frighten even your grandma though so don't watch it thinking you're going to get a big scare.
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