I was in a Joltin' Joe D'Amato mood yesterday, so I busted out the Raro disc of Return From Death. Bottom of the barrel? Maybe. But I enjoy this final horror gasp from D'Amato.
F2K (that is a snazzy way to list this film methinks) is about a hot
MILF and her little son and their big lug handyman and the hijinx that
ensue when you toss in a trio of raping thugs harassing the nice lady.
MILF with psychic powers = Cinzi Monreale! Handyman / Re-Animated
monster = Donald O'Brien. Dude that has a lot of money and tries to
cover everything up while fucking semi flabby yet sorta hot chick =
Maurice Poli. Everyone else is pretty much 1 timers or stumbling trash
attempt rape. Handyman saves day. MILF moves objects with mind and
sees visions of her son having his head removed in weird ways. Thugs
return and beat up handyman and attack MILF. Everyone goes to the
hospital except for thugs of course and Handyman gets framed. MILF goes
all Patrick Lives Again and re-animates handyman. He kills everyone.
He squashes a head. He attends a party (in this Germany shot film) at a
club called HEIL and everyone is dressed up
with pictures of Hitler all around (??)! And yes, Donald O'Brien has Frankenstein make up. Love conquers all? Not really.
pace is sort of slow at times and the incompetent actors and dubbing
may grate your nerves-but the payoffs are there. O'Brien is hysterical
walking with a limp and growling out his lines until it is time to walk
and kill everyone.
also features one of my favorite plot devices in a long time. Franco
Ferrini must have snuck on set. One of the rapists loses a contact lens
during the big incident. MILFs boyfriend actually FINDS it...IN THE
DARK!! Luckily for him the rapist RETURNS to the scene to find the
lens??? His eye goo is better than a fingerprint according to the
is minimal and silly, but fun in a trashy way. The rubber head squash
is shown way to many times to be effective as a gore setpiece, but it
goes so over the top that I love it. Any movie that has Maurice Poli (in
1991) as Master Cocksman? I love it. Cinzia Monreale as the hausfrau
in stockings? LOVE IT!! Bonus to Laura Gemser for her contributions in costuming there!
Also cool is veteran musician Piero Montanari bringing the BOOPBOOPBEEPBOOP
score. I have it on CD (where the disc says FRANKENSTAIN 2000) and it
is vintage 80s electronic trash. It almost lives up to his work on
Gangland Bangers and Tarzan X!
Raro disc looks great by the way, a must for Junk Cinema hounds. Also,
there is a fun interview with the writer of the film where he talks
about being inspired by Buio Omega and Aenigma. He tells a funny story
about Donald O'Brien as well. He was at D'Amato's home and had a fall
that left him injured. Not only was he left limping but he suffered some
minor facial paralysis. Sounds pretty bad right? Well, D'Amato knew he
had found his star now, he could pull off a monster role since he was nursing a real handicap!!