Thursday, October 06, 2011
31 Days of Halloween - Day 6 - Movie
After a strange encounter with a mysterious old woman on a bus just before it crashes leaving her as the only survivor, Lorna Webster (Nancy Kelly) comes to believe that she is possessed by a 300 year old witch burned at the stake by one of her ancestors. As a variety of bad things happens around her, she becomes convinced of this, as do the residents of the town she's returned to. Otto Kruger as the local Reverend is the voice of reason as the town's belief escalates and history seems doomed to repeat itself.
The Woman Who Came Back (1945) is an uneven, but decent film filled with some beautifully spooky set design and cinematography. The acting is also uneven, but Nancy Kelly is convincing as a woman who may be possessed, or simply losing her mind, and Kruger is likewise very good as the lone rational voice in a sea of mass hysteria.