All the films from the 1997 Edition of Halliwell's Film and video Guide that I could find on Letterboxd as…
The mystery of the man who conquered death!
A doctor who has spent his career working on ways to revive the dead sees his chance to prove his theory by performing his procedures on a recently deceased dog.
It's about raising the dead through science, but it's not horror. Mostly melodrama with a touch of science fiction as an obsessed scientist puts relationship after relationship in jeopardy due to his obsession. He's a butthead and I don't care what happens to him, but I do like his son and the clubhouse gang he hangs out with.
Legend has it that the audience at the 1895 screening of the Lumiére brother’s film, Train Pulling into a Station, so misunderstood what they were watching that they panicked and fled the theatre, believing they were about to be run over by a real train. In its own way, Life Returns hoped to tap into that same naiveté still present in movie-going audiences of the 1930s. It’s a “dramatic reenactment” of the events leading up to “authentic footage” of a doctor reanimating a dead dog. Of course, this ruse is completely ineffective today, making the whole affair uncomfortably bizarre. This isn’t worth watching unless you’re into curios from the 1930’s.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film is loosely based (Very loosely based) on a real life incident where scientist revived a dead dog. The filmmakers, for some reason, choose to build one of the most hackneyed melodramas I have ever seen around that premise.
You’ve got a young, ambitious scientist whose dreams of reviving the dead are crushed by the cold harsh realities of corporate commercialism. His wife dies of reasons never further elaborate on. His young son can’t sell newspapers and is constantly threatened with “Juvenile Hall,” as if that was hell on Earth.
Soon, the kid meets up with a gang of young rapscallions, right out of fucking Little Rascals. After the kind of sadistic dog catcher that only exists in crappy…
Bizarre mix of family drama that culminates in a real life medical experiment involving the resuscitation of a dead dog. The story is a ludicrously heavy handed melodrama and the climactic footage is unsettling. Interesting as a cinematic oddity but subpar as a film.
Odd piece of film. Part of the Universal Pictures horror fix of the 30s, but the movie doesn't know where it's heading. The film is just an excuse to show the allegedly real footage of a doctor re-awakening a dog back to life.
It stars low-budget leading man Onslow Stevens as a scientist who believes in medical resurrection, yet his employers feels its more important to focus on cosmetics so he's out of a job and goes into depression, neglecting his own kid in the process. The authorities try and take the son, but he runs away and all of a sudden we have a kids movie on our hands. After a lot of story which doesn't lead to anything…
it was someones brilliant idea to wrap a narrative film around a brief filmed experiment that shows what appears to be a deceased dog being brought back to life. The film itself is a boring mess of wasted time. It goes from being a mad scientist type film to a little rascals episode with a gang of street kids freeing dogs from the pound and such. Any kind of appeal this might have is the curiosity factor itself of the experiment which only takes place at the very end of the film. The experiment footage doesn't match with the more pro-made narrative section, so when they cut back and forth between the experiment and the film's actors watching on, it…