on 28 November 2012
Jack Jones relocates to England, after a hiatus from the world of crooning MOR ballads, to make his comeback record. Meanwhile, a maniac in a hag mask butchers his ex-wife with a scythe.
The Comeback is a good early slasher film that sees director Pete Walker (House of Whipcord, Frightmare)move his vision of British horror up the social scale from his more familiar dowdy suburbian streets to the world of jet sets and country homes. The cast is pretty eclectic. Male lead , Jack Jones was very popular with middle-aged ladies back in the 1970s and the choice of a horror film to make his big screen debut was considered a risky career move. Although his acting career never really took off, Jones is actually much less stiff on screen than some of the more experienced actors in this film. Pamela Stephenson, in a part originally offered to Kim Basinger, plays his assistant and new girlfriend. David Doyle, Bosley in Charlie's Angels, puts in an interesting turn as the singer's transvestite manager. Sheila Kieth, a Pete Walker regular, is on fine creepy form as a sinister housekeeper and Bill "Compo" Owen is also effective as her husband, the mansion's groundskeeper.
There are not many deaths, but the killer's disguise and the atmosphere are more than decent. The opening kill featuring Holly Palance (duagher of Jack Palance) is a classic.
The DVD is in widescreen and the remastered print is fine. Extras include the world's poshest sounding commentary track, plus trailers for some of Pete Walker's other films.
Just a few words. A very good transfer 1.85.1 widescreen, good clear picture and sound and extras, a commentary, trailers and a booklet. No subtitles. Whilst not being a huge fan of Pete Walker I do like this and "Die Screaming Marianne". Walker knows what viewers want and he gives it to them, tho there is no nudity here except some shots of briefly clothed Pamela Stephenson. What there is ...some good shock moments, a classic "horror/thriller" plot, and a great performence from Sheila Keith. My word she was scary. Jack Jones is much better than you might expect, and Stephenson hits just the right note. A very nice way to spend an evening with a bottle of wine. Recomended to horror/thriller fans.
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 wears 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.