EXCL Clip: Zombie Thriller, “THE RETURNED”


It’s refreshing in an oversaturated undead climate to see some films and series attempt to get back to one of the more interesting aspects of zombie cinema: allegory. Romero’s DEAD films are legendary and part of their greatness comes from the willingness to engage the audience and discuss their lives and the world surrounding them. Manuel Carballo’s new film THE RETURNED is also looking to push zombies into a thoughtful arena, crafting a world where the outbreak has come and gone and is now treatable.

In THE RETURNED, a treatment called the “Return Protein” can stop the spread of the virus if injected quickly after infection, but cannot cure it. 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. Suspicious that a government order for all the Returned to report to a secure medical facility ‘for their own safety’, the couple flees, taking with them all the doses of “Return Protein” they have. Now in a race against the clock and few places to turn, they must face their worst fears and come to grips with the reality that if they are neither human nor zombies, who exactly are the Returned?

In this exclusive clip from the film, Alex and Kate are already on the road, and as the title would suggest, make a “Pit Stop.” There, Alex is confronted with what might be his future.

Produced by FILMAX, THE RETURNED is in theaters and On Demand February 14, 2014.

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