When I first saw the trailer for Matt Orlando’s A Resurrection, it was under a different title, The Sibling. It seemed to me like some years had passed by and I hadn’t heard anything else about this film. Part of me wonders if Michael Clarke Duncan’s untimely death lead to this film getting shelved or if it was just distribution problems. Regardless of what kept this film from being seen, I am glad to have finally checked it out.
This is a wonderful supernatural/slasher hybrid with plenty of violence and creepy imagery. It’s nice to see Devon Sawa back in the genre, playing a likeable deputy of the local police force. However, J. Michael Trautmann shines above all else in this film as the young Eli Driggers. The character has many layers and throughout the course of the film becomes incredibly menacing.
Eli’s brother has been murdered as a result of a cold-hearted hit and run. While struggling with the untimely death of his brother and dealing with vicious bullying, Eli comes to believe that his brother has been resurrected and seeks vengeance. Strange occurrences begin happening, leaving police and school officials to question Eli’s sanity.
This film is a breath of fresh air. While some things may be recycled and familiar to avid horror fans, there is still plenty of original content in A Resurrection to set it apart from similar films. Building tension and never really revealing which kind of film it is until the final act. This is a solid film, worth checking out and adding to your collection.
This film gets the Rottin’ Roger Demarco seal of approval with 3 sketches out of 5.