Sunday, May 17, 2015

Come Back to Me (2014)

Title: Come Back to Me
Year: 2014
Director: Paul Leyden

In Come Back to Me Young Las Vegan Sarah (Katie Walder) is recovering from a serious auto accident and working on her sociology dissertation while her husband Josh (Matt Passmore) works at a casino. Their relationship seems strong but since all movie marriages must have some major conflict to resolve they struggle to arrive at one mind over if and when to start a family.

Meanwhile, creepy Dale (Nathan Keys) moves into the foreclosed home across the street and immediate shows special interest in Sarah. Soon, Sarah is suffering from frequent blackouts, memory loss, and impossible bodily changes (e.g. a bad head scar heals overnight). Worse, she finds out she's pregnant, which causes Josh to understandably flip out since he's sterile and has kept that fact secret from his wife. Heartbroken over her husband leaving her and desperate to find out what happens to her each night, Sarah mounts a hidden camera inside her bedroom and discovers the horrible truth.

The low budget horror acting is above average but the material they have to work with clearly needs work. Any movie that relies on dog barking for cheap jump scares (twice, no less) has some creativity issues. The many "whew, it was only a dream" sequences are exasperating at first, but become less so in retrospect after you realize what they really represent and what's behind them. Long time genre viewers who believe they've seen it all will no doubt guess early on that Dale has found some way to enter his neighbors' home, rape Sarah, and cover his tracks (presumably through some kind of knockout drug with memory loss as a side effect). This explanation is only a rough estimate of the truth and there's additional horrible acts involved that no one will guess unless they've read the source novel. I won't spoil the big reveal but suffice it to say that Dale possesses an unfathomable power that he doesn't choose to wield on the side of Good.

It's safe to say that one's appreciation of the film hinges on how well the supernatural aspect is taken. Those that like the movie will have taken the jarring absurdity of it all in stride while others (like this writer) will just groan. The movie does offer something of an info dump in the form of an asylum visitation of Dale's understandably disturbed mother by Sarah, but the source of Dale's extraordinary ability is completely unexplained as are the "rules" behind it's use. Some of this explanatory information would have improved the film greatly but absence of the latter does allow the movie's ending to be a shocking surprise. It's not genius-level screenwriting but it does make the film better than it deserves, which is something that's rarely the case in even good horror films.

Rating: 4/10

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