''The Dead Talk Back'' is a 1957 film that for some reason languished on a shelf before finally being released on home video in 1993. From there, it got picked up by ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', where it aired in 1994.

The story concerns a rather bizarre opening monologue by Dr. Krasker (Aldo Farnese), a psychic researcher who purports to have a method of speaking with the dead. This opening is quickly shelved as we transition to the rooming house Krasker lives in, where a new narrator essentially counts down to the death of a woman. Once the police exhaust the conventional methods of finding out who the killer is, they bring in Krasker to help out and hopefully finger the murderer.

Of course, along the way we meet a bunch of rather...odd characters.

For tropes and details relating to the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' version of the film, please see the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E03TheDeadTalkBack episode recap page]].

!!''The Dead Talk Back'' contains the following tropes:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Ludwig Kreuger.
* BatmanGambit: How the real murderer is exposed.
* {{BGM}}: Apparently, the film had a ''very'' limited music budget, as the same stock music piece is repeated ''tons'' of times in the last half hour.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Subverted, as the methods talked about in the opening narration never figure in the solving of the case.
** Played straight with the "Buried Alive" alarm though.
** They don't bring anyone back from the dead but convincing the audience has the effect of making them believe right along with most of the cast that Dr Krasker is actually going to do this at the end and sells it as an effective bluff on the murderer, which makes for a decent twist and with a bit of MindScrew thrown in.
* TheFundamentalist: Surprisingly for something made in UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode era, one of the characters is a religious nutjob who's portrayed in a wholly negative light, or at least in a batshit crazy light.[[note]]In the 60's, the Hays Code was almost ignored, and it only applied to major film studios anyway.[[/note]]
* FunnyForeigner: Ludwig Kreuger.
* NeverTrustATitle: Ultimately, [[spoiler: the dead never talk back (and wouldn't it have been The Dead Talks Back, singular, since it was only going to be Renee?)]].
* PlayingGertrude: Aldo Farnese was only about twenty-one when he made this movie. They made him look older by graying his temples. Badly.
-->'''Servo:''' He went a little crazy with the Frost-N-Streak kit, didn't he?
* RapeAsBackstory: Ludwig molested a young woman (girl?) in the past.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: Macklin and Kreuger as the killer.]]
* ScoobyDooHoax: [[spoiler:It's clear at the end that Dr Krasker was bluffing all the subjects. He sells it very well.]]
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: In-story -- a police detective interrogating Kruger takes a moment to cock the crossbow used for the murder and fire it (empty) in front of the suspect's face.
-->(Crossbow fires)\\
'''Crow:''' (sound of bolt hitting something.).\\
'''Servo:''' Yearrghh!!\\
'''Mike:''' (as detective) Sorry, Steve.
* TonightSomeoneDies: Exaggerated. The narrator repeatedly goes on at considerable length about how the victim is about to be murdered. By the time the wicked deed is done, there is ''zero'' suspense left for the audience to savor.[[note]]Servo starts musing as the character if she has enough time to do her hair before she dies.[[/note]]