As The Returned brings zombies to a brand new audience on Channel 4 many may not be aware that the French TV series is in fact adapted from Robin Campillo dark cult hit feature film from 2004 Les Revenants.
Thankfully Arror are giving the inspiration for the hit TV series new life by releasing it on DVD on Monday 22nd July 2013.
The recently dead return to life and seem content merely to go back to their former lives, but their return causes a myriad of complications. Isham and Véronique have their trepidations, but they’re generally happy, at first, to see their little boy Sylvain, and the town’s elderly mayor welcomes home his wife, Martha.
But Rachel, a government health official, cannot bring herself to visit her newly returned husband, Mathieu, at the ad-hoc shelter where the government houses the “zombies” like refugees.
Eventually, she relents, and Mathieu returns home, but the living find that their loved ones are not exactly as they remember them. Studies soon reveal that the dead suffer from a form of aphasia. They cannot create new memories, and they cannot be trusted to perform any but the most menial tasks. Perhaps sensing the discomfort they cause the living, the dead gather together at night, and seem to be formulating some kind of secret plan.