Come Back to Me (2014) – Review

 

”Am I dead?”, asks the lead actress in distress, while staring at a laptop screen watching someone slitting her throat. It’s a scene that blends both tragic and comic aspects, and frankly summarizes the entire movie, with its creepy ambiance and confusing plot. Based on Wrath James White’s novel The Resurrectionist, Paul Leyden’s film adaptation is clichéd and interesting at the same time, boring and – at the same time – surprising.

The story follows young married couple Sarah (Katie Walder) and Josh (Matt Passmore) living in the suburbs of Las Vegas and struggling to make ends meet, as he is the sole wage earner working as a casino dealer, while she’s trying to finish her thesis on internet pornography – a not so irrelevant to the story topic./big>

In spite of the financial troubles, Sarah is also experiencing a series of disturbing nightmares, as a result of a past car accident. The reoccurring nightmares consume the young woman, who wakes up every morning in panic gasping for breath.

When a new neighbor moves across the street, Sarah’s nightmares will become stronger. The hovering presence of creepy Dale (Nathan Keyes), who as a child witnessed the violent murder of his mother, is something that starts to bother Sarah.

Things become even more complicated and disturbing when Sarah finds out that she’s pregnant. She reveals the news to her less than thrilled husband, who promptly informs her that he’s, surprise – surprise, sterile.

The unexpected pregnancy and the repeating nightmares featuring her violent death make Sarah set up a hidden camera which reveals the secret behind her nocturnal disturbances. And as one might have successfully guessed, yes, Dale plays a key role in everything that’s wrong with the young woman and her failing marriage.

The intriguing premise and the eerie idea behind the seemingly unoriginal plot make this endeavor quite interesting, however, no one can be okay with the lackluster execution and the exhausting story that, at times, is all over the place.

Paul Leyden’s directorial debut is an interesting approach to the supernatural horror and frankly the central idea at the core of the film is quite fascinating and genuinely creepy. However, it’s not the first time that we see such a story unravel before our used-to-horror eyes. Antti Jokinen’s The Resident and Alberto Marini’s Spanish production Sleep Tight show some astonishing similarities to the latest nocturnal-visits horror, but manages to stand out with a surprising paranormal twist – as the title of both the movie and the novel that it’s based on suggests.

And to quote Joe E. Brown in Some Like it Hot: Well, nobody’s perfect. Neither is Come Back to Me. 5/10

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13 Responses to “Come Back to Me (2014) – Review”
  1. GaryGreg828 says:

    My favorite spoiler-full reviewer is back! I already watched this, so I knew I was safe. 🙂 I agree with your take on this one.

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    • maria kriva says:

      Well, at least I’m your favorite!! That’s something! Good to be back! Glad you agree!

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      • GaryGreg828 says:

        Did you make a top 10 list of best films for 2014? I want to see if you did. I made my list. Here’s a link. I deleted my old blog “With A friend Like Gary” last year, but just started my new blog last week. My twitter name is now GaryGreg instead of GaryLee. I had to change my online handle. https://garygreg828.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/belated-top-10-films-of-2014/

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      • maria kriva says:

        No, to be honest I didn’t. I mainly focus on horror movies, I don’t feel very comfortable reviewing other types of films, although, I did watch some very interesting ones. Just read your list, very nice! I have seen a few of the movies that you mention, but not all of them! Good luck with your new blog!

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      • GaryGreg828 says:

        Oh, well you know what you could do is make a “top 5 of 2014” horror films. You have a request tab on your blog. That’s my request! 🙂

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      • maria kriva says:

        You got it then! 🙂 I’ll have to think about it really carefully, because I watched a LOT of bad horror films, but I’m sure I can come up with a top 5 list! And – probably – there won’t be any spoilers!

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      • GaryGreg828 says:

        Let’s not get carried away here! 🙂

        Did you see “Starry Eyes”? That was my top film of 2014.

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      • maria kriva says:

        Not yet, but will do one of these days! I want to see a couple more (like Unfriended and As Above, So Below) to make a better decision.

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      • GaryGreg828 says:

        That’s fine, but it doesn’t have to be like a professional list; basically I just wanted to know which films you enjoyed the most from 2014. That’s all. 🙂

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      • maria kriva says:

        Absolutely! It’s a really good idea! I’ve been meaning to watch the ones that I mentioned, because something tells me they’ll make it to the list! 🙂

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      • GaryGreg828 says:

        I watched a few minute of Unfriended and it was pretty lame. I haven’t seen the other one yet. “Starry Eyes” is much better than those. “The Guest”, “The Sacrament”, “Oculus” and “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” are also good horror/thrillers from 2014.

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      • maria kriva says:

        Well, I won’t give you any hints, you’re gonna have to wait for my list! 🙂

        SPOILER ALERT

        Oculus won’t make the cut

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      • GaryGreg828 says:

        Well “Unfriended” better not or I will demand a refund! 🙂

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