Release date: 22 March 2013
Well just in time for Zombie Week here at Disturbing Films, there’s a zombie flick that’s set to be released at the end of the week. Sort of… A Resurrection only has one corpse that may or may not be rising from the dead for revenge on his killers. Don’t be surprised you haven’t heard of it. Its provenance is somewhat lacking: writer/director Orlando’s biggest credit seems to be a bit role in 2002’s Barbershop. I know, it doesn't instill confidence for a horror film, but we all have to start somewhere right? Yes, but not with this film!
I’m going to be honest and tell you that the trailer, while not a total mess, is completely uninteresting and mostly devoid of any compelling acting. A Resurrection centers on a high school student Eli (J. Michael Trautmann, possessing a good character face, but maybe not the chops to pull off a lead) whose brother, Devon, has been killed by some of his classmates. Eli can “see things others can’t” (of course) and is telling anyone who will listen that his brother is crawling back out of the grave for revenge. Mischa Barton, Devon Sawa and Michael Clarke Duncan (in one of his last roles) round out the cast of adults trying to figure if Eli is telling the truth about his zombie brother or plotting some sort of vengeance himself.
The trailer leads us to believe a large part of the films has to do with the ambiguity of whether Devon will actually rise from the dead, Eli is perpetrating some sort of revenge scheme, or (if I thought this was a smarter film) Eli’s hatred was propelling some sort of telekinetic murder spree a la Carrie. But even that would be highly clichéd at this point. Unfortunately, the A Resurrection seems to be spoilered by its own trailer, showing us Devon’s empty grave and most of what must be the films climax: a hulking zombie in a varsity jacket (I wish I was kidding) stalking his prey down empty school hallways. I don’t think I need to tell you not to see this film even if they gave you free passes.
By Kiki McGraw
This film was previewed as a part of Zombie Week 2013.