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Sole Survivor -1983
Directed by Tom Eberhardt
Denise Watson(Anita Skinner), an up and coming producer for a television studio, remarkably survives an airplane crash. It seems Denise has even found a new man in her life, the physician who nursed her back to health, Dr. Brian Richardson (Kurt Johnson). Yet, there’s this state of unease that exists and Denise notices strange individuals standing from afar.
An older actress, Karla Davis(Caren L Larkey), returning from 6 years of obscurity living pretty much as a recluse, is supposed to be starring in a series of coffee commercials for Denise’s company. Karla claims that she has psychic premonitions and attempts to warn Denise of potential danger she envisions in her nightmares.
Through Karla we discover that Denise was not suppose to survive(..this is presented in a very subtle way)her plane crash, and, in fact, those unusual folks that seem to follow Denise are in fact undead corpses, perhaps used to reclaim the one who got away from the clutches of death. When an unfortunate series of violent circumstances arise as others encounter those undead corpses “assigned” to “retrieve” Denise, she will have to depend on Brian for help, reluctant and unconvinced, at first, until his own personal investigations turn up some really odd information (…certain corpses moved into a coroner’s lab show signs of blood collecting in their legs as if they had died standing; and a particular corpse, which kills someone close to Denise, shown as to have died of a coronary, actually was muddy and wet and lying in his car seat in a way not associated with the forensic evidence).
Can Denise escape from death that is stalking her? Will Brian be able to save her?
First time watch for spooky season. I loved this. Slight Final Destination & Twilight Zone vibes, and major It Follows vibes from the direct or of Night of the Comet. I would not be surprised if this somehow was an influence on both Final Destination and It Follows. This film puts on a clinic of dread inducing tension, killer atmosphere, very effective moments, and an unsettling score. Perfect double bill with It Follows.
— Ian West
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