Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996)
His mother's accidental death brings John Porter (Michael Gross) and his young daughter Michelle (Hilary Swank) to the old house full of childhood memories.
With a bit of suspicion that the death was not exactly accidental, John decides to spend a few days there, much to the dislike of his teenage daughter.
In a proustian manner, John's memories are triggered by the site of childhood objects like his binocular and his bike, both of which he used to observe everything that was going on.
Director Adam Grossman chooses this retrospective method for introducing the fragmented background of the story before getting to the plot.
John's inquisitive spirit manifested from an early age led him to be sensitive to change in general. No wonder he keeps an eye on his sister after a new boyfriend comes along. He feels admiration for this Romeo at the start but the revealing later details change everything.
Tony Reno (Alexis Arquette) and friends are seeking immortality through devil worship rituals. In order to achieve this, they have to perform a sacrificial ritual on the Sabbath... and they do. The sacrifice is finished but the ritual is interrupted by John, who electrocutes them trying to save his sister if only he wasn't too late for that.
However...this is not the end of Tony....
He returns in the form of a murderous demon, still seeking revenge and the immortality he longed for...
He resurrects his minions that will help him accomplish his goal of tormenting John by taking every person dear to him.
I must confess...my first encounter with this movie had a terrible influence on me....I loved the manner in which the demons were portrayed...and this was a long time ago.
Today, I take a look at it with a bit of a nostalgic eye still... some things never change, do they?
I missed seeing a movie where they represent a demon in flesh form, actually striving a bit in order to get to its prey.
The superior potential that demonic creatures have makes it clear they can easily dominate humans. But the chase makes it more interesting...to me, that is the definition of a demonic entity.
It takes human form and strives to persuade its prey, getting them exactly where they want it. This is a reminiscence of the Middle Ages demonic representations where the devil or any other demon, even Death, were always portrayed as entities with a bit of lust for the game, usually gambling on souls throughout games of chess with their victims.
Tony can thus be considered a classical demon.
He demonstrates fatality through the attraction that he casts on Michelle. He is the classical demonic presence, full of ambiguity and eroticism, not to mention the sick sense of humor.
The eternal themes of science vs. religion are portrayed here as the battle between superstition and psychology, even though the ending sets a balance between the two of them. This is manifested through John's acceptance that evil exists in many shapes and forms, making it our job not to fear it.
I love the classical twist that makes these movies appealing with a side of 'funny' to it.
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