Review on IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT DVD Quality only
AVID MOVIE WATCHER | USA | 01/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"RE: DVD by "Image Entertainment" only. I own this dvd and it has great Sound Quality and Sharp/Clear Black & White Video. I highly recommend purchasing dvds by Image Entertainment."
Romantic supernatural thriller for nostalgia buffs.
J. Arena | Williamsburg, VA | 05/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderfully atmospheric "horror" movie. All the supernatural stuff is explained away at the end, but there is a great deal of over-the-top acting, shadowy backgrounds and enough tension generated by mere suggestion to make it a fun movie. (You just gotta love that maid!)
I purchased this DVD sight unseen, merely because of the other great reviews. I was not disappointed! The Woman Who Came Back is just the kind of film that held me mesmerized as a kid when ALL the movies on TV were B&W and really, really old!
Not a Lewton but worth the Shootin'
Timothy Anderson | Princeton, NJ United States | 08/31/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Saw this for the first time recently. Not bad, but not a Lewton. I became interested in the work of Lewton after the recent TCM festival of his work. Thought this film lacks the serious talent of Lewton, but it can be said to be "Lewtonesque." And this may have been deliberate by the film maker. As far as the plausibility of the story...well, in fact, the very thing happened to me recently when I visited my old hometown in California. Only I was not possessed by the spirit of a witch but it turned out to be my kindergarten teacher...who was probably a witch."
It's Not Val Lewton But It'll Do.
Andrew Mangravite | 07/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This film has the misfortune of being constantly likened to a Val Lewton film and, as such, ends up disappointing first-time viewers. It's not a Lewton film. It doesn't have the literate tone of a Lewton production, nor does it have the subtlety of a Lewton film. What it is is an imaginative "B" movie that generates a few supernatural frissons enroute to being explained away in a thouroughly rationalistic finale. It's also a pretty good study of small-town prejudices and mass hysteria at work. "The Woman Who Came Back" works best as a sociological document whereasthe Lewton's work best as "filmed literature.""