The Return


Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller

IMDb Rating 3.7 10 570

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Hilary Farr as Lee Ann
Vincent Schiavelli as Prospector
Raymond Burr as Dr. Kramer
829.23 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 30 min
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Reviewed by Hey_Sweden 6 / 10

Weird but passable little movie.

"The Return" has to rank as one of the lesser efforts of veteran cult director Greydon Clark. It's not that it's all THAT incompetent, but a weak script, co-written by brothers Ken and Jim Wheat ("The Silent Scream", "Pitch Black") prevents it from working all that well. The audience is going to end up scratching their heads while they try to make some sense out of the strange goings-on. As for the rest, it's all just silly and cheesy enough to rate as acceptable B movie entertainment. This reviewer knows that he throws out the word "amusing" an awful lot, but there's really no other way to describe this thing. And it's that amusement factor that manages to keep this watchable.

The actors are remarkably sincere. Jan-Michael Vincent and Cybill Shepherd star as Wayne and Jennifer, a deputy in a small New Mexico town and hottie scientist respectively, who as children had had a close encounter. Also witness to the aliens' arrival was a prospector (the late, great character actor Vincent Schiavelli, one of those people who you always recognize but whose name you may never remember). The kids grow up, of course, but Schiavelli remains the same age. Shepherds' character gets wind of strange fog activity in this small town and soon after she gets there cattle begin to be mutilated. Then, people get mutilated as well.

Things take a pretty goofy turn when a character is seen to carry around a lightsaber type weapon, except it's held in the middle. Add to this a light show that is actually fairly impressive as well as some decent makeup effects and solid rural atmosphere, and the viewer gets what amounts to a mild hoot of a movie. Also in the cast are Martin Landau, who's wasted as Vincents' comedy-relief sheriff, Raymond Burr as Shepherds' father, who looks like he's reading his lines at times (and indeed he was), Neville Brand as a hostile rancher, Brad Rearden (who'd acted in "The Silent Scream") as Brands' bratty son, and Clark regular Darby Hinton ("Malibu Express") as one of Reardens' trouble making pals. Undeniable assets are cinematography by Daniel Pearl ("The Texas Chain Saw Massacre") and nice music by Dan Wyman.

Clark also did the well regarded "Without Warning" that was released the same year as this, and that one is recommended more than "The Return", which even B movie enthusiasts might find underwhelming.

Clark appears on screen as a city slicker victim.

Six out of 10.

Reviewed by Zantara Xenophobe 2 / 10

You Won't Want to Return to This Mess!

WARNING: This review contains SPOILERS. Do not read if you don't want some points revealed to you before you watch the film.

With a cast like this, you wonder whether or not the actors and actresses knew exactly what they were getting into. Did they see the script and say, `Hey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind was such a hit that this one can't fail.' Unfortunately, it does. Did they even think to check on the director's credentials? I mean, would YOU do a movie with the director of a movie called `Satan's Cheerleaders?' Greydon Clark, who would later go on to direct the infamous `Final Justice,' made this. It makes you wonder how the people of Mystery Science Theater 3000 could hammer `Final Justice' and completely miss out on `The Return.'

The film is set in a small town in New Mexico. A little boy and girl are in the street unsupervised one night when a powerful flashlight spaceship appears and hovers over them. In probably the worst special effect sequence of the film, the ship spews some kind of red ink on them. It looked like Clark had held a beaker of water in from of the camera lens and dipped his leaky pen in it, so right away you are treated with cheese. Anyhow, the ship leaves and the adults don't believe the children. Elsewhere, we see Vincent Schiavelli, whom I find to be a terrific actor (watch his scenes in `Ghost' for proof, as they are outstanding), who is playing a prospector, or as I called him, the Miner 1949er. He steps out of the cave he is in, and he and his dog are inked by the ship. Twenty-five years go by, and the girl has grown up to be Cybill Shepherd, who works with her father, Raymond Burr, in studying unusual weather phenomena. Or something like that. Shepherd spots some strange phenomena in satellite pictures over that little New Mexico town, and she travels there to research it. Once she gets there, the local ranchers harass her, and blame her for the recent slew of cattle mutilations that have been going on, and deputy Jan-Michael Vincent comes to her rescue. From this point on, the film really drags as the two quickly fall for each other, especially after Vincent wards off the locals and informs Shepherd that he was the little boy that saw the ship with her twenty-five years earlier. While this boring mess is happening, Vincent Schiavelli, with his killer dog at his side, is walking around killing the cattle and any people he runs into with an unusual item. You know those glowing plastic sticks stores sell for trick-or-treaters at Halloween, the kind that you shake to make them glow? Schiavelli uses what looks like one of those glow sticks to burn incisions in people. It's the second-worst effect in the movie. Every time Schiavelli is on screen with the glow stick, the scene's atmosphere suddenly turns dark, like the filmmakers thought the glow stick needed that enhancement. It ends up making the movie look even cheaper than it is.

And what does all this lead up to? It's hard to tell when the final, confusing scene arrives. See, Burr and his team of scientists try to explain the satellite images that Shepherd found as some kind of `calling card,' but none of it makes sense. Why do Shepherd and Vincent age and Schiavelli does not? Schiavelli explains why he is killing cattle and people and why he wants Shepherd dead, but even that doesn't make much sense when you really think about it. I mean, why doesn't he kill Jan-Michael Vincent? After all, he had twenty-five years to do it. And the aliens won't need him if Shepherd is dead anyhow, so why try to kill her? Speaking of the aliens, it is never clear what they really wanted out of Shepherd and Vincent. What is their goal? Why do they wait so long to intervene? How could they be so sure Shepherd would come back? Not that the answer to any of these and other questions would have made `The Return' any more pleasant. You would still have bad lines, really bad acting, particularly by Shepherd, cheesy effects, and poor direction. Luckily, the stars escaped from this movie. Cybill Shepherd soon went on to star in `Moonlighting' with Bruce Willis. Jan-Michael Vincent went on to be featured in dozens of B-movies, often in over-the-top parts. Raymond Burr made a pile of Perry Mason television movies right up until his death. Vincent Schiavelli went on to be a great character actor in a huge number of films. Martin Landau, who played a kooky law enforcement officer, quickly made the terrific `Alone in the Dark' and the awful `The Being' before rolling into the films he has been famous for recently. You can bet none of these stars ever want their careers to return to `The Return.' Zantara's score: 2 out of 10.

Reviewed by Coventry 5 / 10

One Mutilated Cow a Day Keeps the Alien Away?

Here's (yet another) obscure and low-budgeted early 80's Sci-Fi movie about alien invasion in a remote little South-Western redneck town. Hooray! No, seriously, I'm not being sarcastic. I love this stuff and "The Return" particularly caught my attention because of its director and the names involved in the cast. Greydon Clark is a sadly overlooked genre director who made some really diverge films, like the slasher parody "Wacko" and the sleazy devil-worshiping flick "Satan's Cheerleaders". Around at the same time he did "The Return", Greydon Clark also directed the slightly better and much more exciting "Without Warning"; which actually can be considered as a primitive but clever forerunner to "Predator". The cast list of "The Return" is more than impressive, at least if you're a sucker for B-movie heroes and heroines. Jan-Michael Vincent, back when he was still rebelliously handsome and relatively sober, forms a wonderful team with the unearthly cute Cybill Shepherd from "The Last Picture Show" and "Taxi Driver". The supportive cast is even better, as it features names like Martin Landau, Raymond Burr, Neville Brand and Vincent Schiavelli! With all these names involved, I couldn't care less if the rating is only a miserable 2.3 out of ten.

Now, "The Return" may be a bad film in the end, but it's definitely more ambitious and profound than its clumsy elaboration suggests. Personally, I like to believe that Greydon Clark originally intended for his film to be far more horror-orientated, but that the screenplay was "softened" in favor to cash in on some contemporary really popular family/fantasy themed Sci-Fi classics, like "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Star Wars". The only true horror elements that remained are a crazed hillbilly yokel killing to endorse his extraterrestrial masters and good old-fashioned cattle mutilation. Lots and lots of cattle mutilation! Twenty-five years ago, two young children witnessed a spaceship passing over a small little town in New Mexico. Nobody believed them but now the little town's area causes awkward strange satellite measuring and plenty of dead cow carcasses are floating down the rivers. Jennifer Kramer travels to Little Creek to investigate and teams up with the skeptical deputy Wayne, much against the will of the hostile cattle breeders who are clearly very fond of their cows. This is illustrated through incredibly banal dialogs like: "When I see the mutilated cadavers of my daddy's cows … it makes my heart bleed". Anyway, Jennifer and Wayne gradually realize they met each other 25 years earlier already, and now they fear that whatever force marked them as young children has returned now. What they don't know, however, is that the spaceship also shed a light on a crazy hermit all those years ago, and he just might be a little too overenthusiastic to satisfy his alien masters.

"The Return" doesn't make a whole lot of sense most of the time, but the film is never boring and there are a handful of highly memorable sequences. Especially during the first hour, Greydon Clark manages to maintain an admirable ambiance of mystery and spookiness. The cattle mutilation footage is well handled and the film does a fairly good job depicting the increasing paranoia amongst the petrified villagers. Still, "The Return" remains mostly enjoyable because of the little details of incompetence all throughout the film. Martin Landau's Sheriff character, for example, is a senselessly murmuring idiot who adds absolutely nothing to the plot and Jan-Michael Vincent does his patrolling with a beer bottle behind the wheel. The cow massacres are done with a miniature light-saber and, near the end, there are some fantastically cheesy sound and lightening effects to illustrate that the aliens have landed. This is a dumb and forgettable movie for about 98% of the world population, but for us 2% die-hard cult smut fanatics, it's guaranteed good fun.

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