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The Return

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
5 out of 10
Extras Rating:
6 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: PG-13

Starring:
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Joanna Mills
Sam Shepard as Ed Mills
J.C. MacKenzie as Griff & Young Griff
Frank Ertl as Ambrose Miller
Adam Scott as Kurt Setzer
Peter O'Brien as Terry Stahl
Kate Beahan as Michelle
Brad Leland as Mr. Marlin
Bonnie Gallup as Bella
Brent Smiga as Higgins
Erinn Allison as Annie
Robert Wilson as Billy

Special Features:
"Creation of a Nightmare: The Making of 'The Return'" featurette
Deleted Scenes
Alternate Ending

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.40:1)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French Language
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Sarah Michelle Gellar ('The Grudge') stars in this shocking, non-stop supernatural thriller unlike anything you've ever experienced before. Joanna Mills (Gellar) is haunted by increasingly terrifying visions where she can see and feel the brutal murder of a woman she's never met. With her life spiraling out of control, she follows the relentless nightmares to an eerie small town in Texas -- a place where secrets can't be buried, a spirit seeks vengeance, and the horrific murder from Joanna's visions may just be her own."

"The Return" is rated PG-13 for violence, terror, and disturbing images.

Mini-Review:
By looking at the cover of this DVD you might expect "The Return" to be a hard-core, creepy horror movie. You'd be wrong. It's a slow moving, sleepy little film that takes its time unfolding and it's really not scary at all. There is a much hyped twist at the end, but it doesn't take a big stretch of the imagination to figure out what that twist is. I imagine most horror fans will be very disappointed. Fans of Sarah Michelle Gellar might enjoy it, but mainly because they'll be a lot more forgiving.

On the DVD, the "making of" featurette is 8 minutes long and has your standard items like behind the scenes footage, interviews with cast and crew, and more. There are 11 minutes of deleted scenes. A few of them are alternate versions of scenes already in the movie. None of them are particularly noteworthy. An alternate ending offers a slightly different take on the twist. I can't discuss it without ruining the ending.

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