Produced in 1983, THE RETURNING is an undeveloped tale of American Indian mysticism which bounced from one video company to another before finally being released in the wake of DANCES WITH WOLVES. The reasons for the movie's shelving are pretty clear: its story appears to have been
intended as a psychological study with supernatural trappings, but director Joel Bender treats it like a traditional scare show, with the result that neither aspect is developed to satisfaction.
John Ophir (Gabriel Walsh) is a family man whose son Jason (Brian Foleman) is so smart that he can identify passages from Spenser's Fairie Queen. On a trip into the desert, the father ...