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The Returned (2013)

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In a post-zombie world, where the infected live normal lives, their retroviral drug is running out.

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Manuel Carballo

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Hatem Khraiche (story), Hatem Khraiche
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Hampshire ... Kate
Kris Holden-Ried ... Alex Green
Shawn Doyle ... Jacob
Claudia Bassols ... Amber
Melina Matthews ... Eve
Barry Flatman ... Dave
Olunike Adeliyi ... Return Unit Nurse (as Oluniké Adeliyi)
Steven Gallagher Steven Gallagher ... Security Guard
Josh Pattynama Josh Pattynama ... Infected Boy
David Tompa ... Father
Megan Fahlenbock ... Mother
Bruno Verdoni ... Investigating Officer
Rhea Akler Rhea Akler ... Kate's Mother
Leo Petrus Leo Petrus ... Man in Conference Room
Paul Anthony ... Government Spokesperson
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Storyline

In a world where a deadly zombie virus has infected mankind, a single cure has been found. The cure, a treatment called the "Return Protein" which stays the effects of the virus in its host. With injections every 36 hours, the "Returned" are able to live as though they were never bit, despite the virus still coursing through their veins. When it is discovered that the protein stock is running low, chaos hits the streets. Returned who run out of the protein turn to zombies and wreak havoc, protesters turn to murderers as they try to rid the streets of the returned, and right in the middle of it all are Alex and Kate. Kate a leading doctor in the field of zombie virus' and Alex a musician with a dark secret, he is a Returned. As death and fear run rampant, Alex's secret becomes known and his dosage runs low, he and Kate must fight for a chance to live before he becomes a zombie. Written by Uncork'd Entertainment

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Neither Zombies Nor Humans


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Country:

Spain | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2013 (Spain) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$612,521
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2.35 : 1
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Shawn Doyle (Jacob), Kris Holden-Ried (Alex Green) and Emily Hampshire (Kate) have worked with actor Tim Rozon in separate projects. Both Shawn and Kris have worked with Tim in the show Lost Girl (2010), playing Isaac Taft, Dyson Thornwood and Massimo/The Druid respectively; Emily worked with Tim in the show Schitt's Creek (2015), playing Stevie Budd and Mutt Schitt respectively. See more »

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Spanish/Canadian co-production about a post-zombie world , in which a curative dosage runs low then there takes place wreak havoc
1 October 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Manuel Carballo's new zombie movie plenty of thrills , chills , gore and blood . This zombie thriller stars a good cast such as Kris Holden-Reid , Emily Hampshire , Claudia Bassols , Melina Matthews , Barry Flatman and Shawn Doyle . It is set in a post-zombie world , a place where a deadly zombie virus has infected mankind , but a single cure has been found . As a treatment called the "Return Protein" can stop the spread of the virus if injected quickly after infection, but cannot cure it . With injections every 36 hours, the "Returned" are able to live as though they were never bit, despite the virus still coursing through their veins . When it is discovered that the protein stock is running low , chaos hits the streets. Returned who run out of the protein turn to zombies and disasters , protesters turn to killers as they try to rid the streets of the returned, and right in the middle of it all are Alex and Kate . With daily injections, the "Returned" are able to live relatively normal lives, but with brutal attacks at the hands of Anti-Return groups and rumors that protein stock is running low, the world is again on the brink of chaos . In the midst of this turmoil are Alex (Kris Holden-Ried) and Kate (Emily Hampshire), a young , successful and enviable couple that are hiding a long held secret – Alex is Returned . As death and fear run rampant , Alex's secret becomes known and when the retroviral drug is running out , then chaos and destruction burst .

This zombie thriller ¨The Returned¨ from Spanish genre hub Filmax and being professionally shot by director Manuel Carballo . The film utilizes the opening credits sequence to address the conventions of the genre , only to completely move away from them for the rest of the movie . A mostly unnecessary flashback sequence—that is never returned to again until it's required to do some third act heavy lifting—gives horror fans what they come to expect from anything zombie related : blood , guts , screaming , gore , guns , more blood and horror as the dead become fearsomely undead . The Returned takes this idea , blows it up a bit, and then does something fairly intriguing . It decides not to be a zombie terror movie at all , in fact it is more a thriller than a horror flick . The main premise results to be the following : the viral outbreak that led to a zombie apocalypse has come and gone , and society is attempting to move forward . A cure of sorts was discovered that brings the recently infected back to normal, but the injections are needed on a daily basis . Nice acting from Emily Hampshire as Kate a leading doctor in the field of zombie virus' and Kris Holden Reid as Alex , a musician with a dark secret, he is a Returned ; both of whom must fight for a chance to live before he becomes a zombie .

Javier Salmones cinematography is excellent , creating a frightening and scary atmosphere , he's expert on sombre photography . Atmospheric musical score by Jonathan Goldsmith fitted perfectly to suspense , action and terror . This is a Canadian-Spanish co-production between Ramaco Media and Filmax or Fantastic Factory . Filmax is run by the Catalan producers Julio Fernandez along with his brother Carlos Fernández , being a successful company in charge of production horror/SF movies such as ¨The machinist¨, ¨Darkness¨ ,¨Stranded¨ , ¨Faust¨ and ¨The nameless¨, among others . The filmmaker Manuel Carballo is a fine Spanish director , he began as a camera assistant for Filmax/Julio Fernández in ¨Rottweiler¨, ¨Romasanta¨ , ¨Beyond Re-Animator¨ and ¨Dagon¨ . Manuel Carballo has directed a few films as ¨El Ultimo Justo¨ (2007) , ¨La Posesión De Emma Evans or Exorcismus¨ (2007) and TV Series as ¨Trece Miedos¨ . Furthermore , he directed Shorts : ¨Diminutos del Calvario¨ and ¨Seiken¨ .


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