Return, The. Horror Film Review

By Ken Artuz

By Ken Artuz


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Return, The. Film Details


Writer(s): , BJ Verot

Release Date: August 10th, 2021

Release Format: VOD

MPAA Rating: N/A

Genre: Horror

Running Time: 1h 30min


Rodger returns home from college with two friends to settle the affairs of his recently deceased father. They begin to experience weird and unsettling occurrences in the house. Rodger is soon plagued by strange childhood memories about a haunting by a ghostly presence. These memories boil over into reality culminating in an intense showdown with the terror that has come back.Tease

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The Return, 

The Return begins with an element of supernatural tension that gradually builds into a slow-burning mystery. As soon as the opening credits roll, the main plot is established and the stage is set, literally. In their work, co-writers BJ Verot and Ken Janssens use a small town in America as a setting for their supernatural mystery tale. To elaborate most of the story develops within a charming home.

For an off-Broadway play themed around Horror, this might work extremely well. As a feature film, the technical approach may seem monotonous to some viewers, however. In this man vs. supernatural storyline, The Return delivers positive results. In spite of this, the film presents more mystery than the supernatural.

Verot and Janssens provide enough conflict for the protagonist Rodger Emmerlich (Richard Harmon) to transform over the course of the plot. The changes are subtle yet effective in keeping the audience interested in his plight. In the character’s development, the audience deserves to see more internal conflict and psychological development.

Character Development
Entertaining / Informative

In the story, Beth Struman (Sara Thompson) and Jordan Hasbury (Echo Anderssons) provided interesting and complementary support for the protagonist. Believable and lively chemistry between the three actors is evident onscreen.

From my perspective, the storyline would have been much stronger if the character solitarily faced his internal and external demons. Verot and Janssens nonetheless created a character that is admirable, complete with curiosity and appeal.

The Return is an adequate thriller and/or mystery for fans of paced horror stories. Verot’s film is not filled with spine-tingling theatrics or tense scare factors. 

Viewers will catch a glimpse at the terrorizing apparition, but the creature concept interprets more so as a suspenseful element.

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