The Return


Sarah Michelle Gellar continues to live her career in reverse. Actresses are supposed to plow through endless mediocre slasher flicks before and not after their big break. Not SMG, though. Post-Buffy The Vampire Slayer, she’s still churning out ordinary horror flicks like The Grudge films and this effort from Asif Kapadia.

Unconvincing as a restless business woman haunted by dreams of a car crash and a fairground stalker from her childhood, Gellar auto-pilots through a predictable sequence of half-mysteries, semi-hauntings and jumpy-shock sequences. If there’s any originality on display here, we’re damned if we can find it.

Fair play to Gellar, she might have been suckered by Kapadia’s rep (he was BAFTA-nommed for The Warrior a few years ago), Sam Shepard’s name on the cast list and the Jacob’s Ladder-esque bleakness of the visuals here. But one look at the script should have told her that this was a bog-standard Scream Queen outing.

Film Details

  • 12A
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: May 21st 2007

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