- X 2019
Frank Cilla for Feature Resources Inc
directed by William Hopkins
starring Alexis Golightly, Damian Ladd, Laurie Miller, Bashir Solebo, Will McDonald, Joe Zaso, Stephanie Roy, Joe McClean, Eli Kranski, Chad Kessler, Amanda-Renee Knox (= Amanda Pennington), Caroline Adams, Edward Wheeler, Daniel Almekinder
written by William Hopkins, music by William Hopkins, Doug Fallon, Matt Gelfer, songs by Bill Graziano, makeup and special effects by Ashley Benatar, creatures by William Hopkins, Edward Wheeler, Frank Cilla, Steve Magalnick, Jerry Woods
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Nobody knows what's wrong with Grace (Alexis Golightly) when they come
to her country home for her intervention, not even Kate (Laurie Miller),
who organized the event. Everyone thinks it's about drugs, and the pitiful
condition Grace is in hints at exactly that ... but she opens up to Kate
about it eventually: She has been in a weird sect run by sinister
cultleader Toth (Will McDonald), where she was drugged into submission,
stripped, tied up and raped by ... something entirely not human.
Apparently, she's pregnant now, too.
Grace's boyfriend John (Damian
Ladd) meanwhile seems to be into all sorts of wacko spiritual stuff that
freaks everybody else out - and then Toth arrives for the intervention as
well, and he tries to win the others over to his side, but John manages to
drive him out - and at first the others feel weirded out by this ... until
Toth starts cursing John, when they realize there is something sinister
about the man. Shortly thereafter, John dies from a heart attack, while
nearby Toth raises a handful of demons who kill some of Grace's friends
and put the house under siege. Grace meanwhile gives birth to something
definitely not human, which she crushes upon sight ... upon which Toth
orders his demons to attack Grace's house full force. Grace's friends
freak out even more than they did before, and everything seems to be lost
... but one of them (Bashir Solebo) figures there are two things in their
favour: Dead John and John's book of spells - even if it's a longshot ...
Resurrection is a properly scary supernatural shocker very much in the
tradition of Lucio Fulci's best zombie/demon-movies (Zombi
Trilogy), inasmuch as it combines atmospheric and deliberately
slow-moving sequences with outbursts of explicit gore scenes, based on a
pseudo-Lovecraftian plot about ancient demons and the like that doesn't
always make a lot of sense but keeps moving at a steady enough pace to
entertain nevertheless - and what worked back in Fulci's heyday still
works today ... though to be quite exact, Demon Resurrection does
not come across as a boring hommage movie but a rather fresh effort to
give its audiences a good scare or two, backed by a decent cast and nice
practical effects work.
Sure, the film might not be everyone's cup of
tea, but genre fans with a touch of nostalgia will surely appreciate it.