THE DAY THE SCREAMING STOPPED
The pace in The Comeback is on the slow side but Walker does an interesting job in managing to turn the supporting cast into threateningly perverse characters like Peter Turners crass advances on Pamela Stephenson, while David Doyle is revealed as a closet cross-dresser. And then there is Walker regular Sheila Keith who gives a marvellously cold performance, managing to imbue even a line like Perhaps I can spread the butter for you? with something sinister. Jack Jones, a real life pop singer during he 1960s, gives a fair and likeable performance.
As with much of Pete Walkers work, the end revelation of what is going on resides in conservative, institutionalised horrors, which, in Walkers films, hold a psychopathic dislike of the freedom and perceived moral laxity of the youth generation. There is also an interesting end that suggests it might all have been in Jack Joness imagination anyway.
Pete Walkers other horror films are: Die Screaming Marianne (1971), The Flesh and Blood Show (1972), House of Whipcord (1974), Frightmare (1974), House of Mortal Sin/The Confessional (1976), Schizo (1976) and House of the Long Shadows (1983).