Casual fans of A Christmas Story likely don’t know that Bob Clark had once made creepy horror pictures with Alan Ormsby, but this independent shock effort of the early ’70s still casts a spell of dread. Listed as deceased, Richard Backus’s infantryman returns to his hearth and home on a fiendish mission. Although Vietnam is never mentioned, the war’s shadow strikes deep into the heart of a small-town family. John Marley and Lynn Carlin lead a fine cast; an exacting new transfer brings renewed life to the dead. A Dual-Format edition on Blu-ray and DVD from Blue Underground.