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October 26, 2014
The plot isn't that bad, but the acting were. And the finer details of the story is just so poor. Why would the teachers locked the students inside the school rather than handing them over to the cops?!
October 15, 2014
Always A Going To Be A Disaster When The Supporting Actor (Trautmann) Outshines The Lead (Barton) Whom Paid/Exec-Produced The Film.
½ August 22, 2014
"A Resurrection" is a dark supernatural tale from director Matt Orlando that focuses on a small town during a tragedy. The film is about a young boy named Eli who is picked on in school and who's brother is tragically ran down by a high school rival. Days after the funeral the group of bullies are held in detention as unexplained events begin to unfold that predict dire consequences for the high school kids. The movie stars Mischa Barton, Brenden Meers, Devon Sawa, Michael Clarke Duncan, J. Michael Trautmann, Stuart Stone and Matthew Willig.

For me personally I am split on how I feel about "A Resurrection". The film was shot very well with a complete seriousness to the story's subject matter. It held a continuous dark foreboding and atmosphere of unease which kept the film in a complete suspenseful state of drama. The acting came off as believable and I felt these characters come alive in this twisted story of loss and resurrection. The movie hit on a pretty prevalent subject that plagues communities and schools across this nation with underage drinking, bullying and teen violence not to mention the social inequalities. All this made for a very dramatic and intensely entertaining plot line in the film. My issue lies with the fact that the horror was mediocre. It was as if the director made a staunch attempt to avoid any elements that a story like this practically demands to be displayed. There was no real scares or moments of intense chills in scenes that needed to be and the sequences that lead to death were completely shied away from which was very disappointing.

"A Resurrection" is a safe "PG-ish" film for fans of supernatural melodramas but if you're a straight up horror fan then your going to be very disappointed because the horror is non-existent in this film . The story is a good one and the suspenseful and dark atmosphere make the film a nice movie to watch with your grandmother or someone who doesn't like other more gory horror films but it is also a film that could have been better in so many ways. So I am conflicted on the movie because I liked what it turned out to be even though it wasn't what I hoped for. So for anyone setting out to view this film just keep in mind that it is a psychological thriller more than it is a horror film.
½ July 31, 2014
A decent low budget thriller with a great cast (Michael Clarke Duncan shines as always in his last performance). The writing is lacking, and some of the unknown actors need to work on their line delivery, but for the most part, this should entertain the majority of horror viewers who can take it for what it is.
½ July 13, 2014
Low budget film. Last movie that Michael Clarke Duncan filmed. It was nice to see Mischa Barton.some scenes were horrible. Good story. But movie sucked. Sowie
June 2, 2014
This film uses time and space like Christopher Nolan's Memento and seems to take place in another universe wherein school counselors have the legal authority to detain and interrogate students for the purpose of conducting a murder investigation. A good portion of the film is spent in the office of Barton's character, the counselor, who, uncovering new leads, sends Duncan's character, the school principal, to investigate. Duncan appears on scene almost simultaneously, as if transported by the will of the film or something, in front of a student's father, for instance, who so happens to be on campus and ready to answer to any charges leveled against his son. Duncan then beams back to the office to report in, as if a clever film technique had been deployed to straddle elapsed time-but that isn't the kind of film this is. Clever, that is. This isn't a clever film. Trautmann's troubled character is like in some kind of coma over the course of the film, a detail revealed by the film's focus on what seems to be a kind of facial tick that looks like acting but is just a facial tick. This movie isn't B grade good, it's just B grade.
May 29, 2014
Creepy, well acted supernatural horror film.
½ February 4, 2014
I usually like the horror / reincarnation type movies, but this movie was just boring. I thought it would get more interesting, but it just didn't get there. It wasn't a BAD movie, I've seen worse, but it wasn't a Great movie.
½ December 30, 2013
And that's being nice
½ December 3, 2013
Movie of the week fare that plays one flat note after another....MCD deserved to go out on a much much better note.
October 15, 2013
Decent story but feels incomplete and unfinished. Barton and Duncan are definitely the best things going for it and even they seem to be waiting to be given something to work with.
September 16, 2013
A b-movie horror film that doesn't bring anything new to the table.
August 28, 2013
A resurrection would be needed after this snooze-fest bores you to death.
June 8, 2013
This is the most horrible movie I have ever seen. The acting is terrible. The plot is asenine. Everyone that died in this movie deserved to because it was just completely stupid. Don't bother.
June 5, 2013
They bring back a student which requires sacrifices. That's pretty much it... nothing really exciting about this one. Mischa Barton is in it (which I believe is the only reason why anyone might want to watch this one).
½ April 8, 2013
Make no mistake; this movie is maddeningly terrible. I'm not entirely sure how MIscha Barton and Michael Clarke Duncan got cast. It's not so much that it's a low budget production, because those sometimes make for reasonably haunting movies, i.e.: The Innkeepers, Blair Witch Project. Where this film is lacking is direction and ability of the actors to actually act. Perhaps it's not so much their fault as the director's though. I've seen the two headliners do far better in other films; perhaps the blame lies with the script, for the characters, all of them, are ridiculously two-dimensional, almost cartoonish.About thirty minutes into the film, you've basically seen the full gamut of J. Michael Trautmann's expressions, the one, that is. You begin to think you are watching a film project from a high school where a 14 year old was given a grant to produce his dream film. Towards the end, if you've made it that far, you wonder how a character can get one leg lightly maimed yet has to drag themselves as if their back was broken. You wonder why another character recounts physical descriptions of others that clearly do not match the actors who played them. Most of all you will wonder why you didn't quit watching after the first half hour. The highest marks go to the special effects and make-up crew, who did a first rate job here. It was the only surprise of the movie.
½ March 31, 2013
The Pretentious Movie Snobs likes "A Resurrection" written and directed by friend of the show Matt "Buzzard" Orlando.
March 26, 2013
This movie is the perfect blend of shock and sarcasm. Devon Sawa is such a hottie- he made the entire movie for me. The ending is a great twist and after I left, every homeless creepy lady reminded me of the witch.. ahhhhh! Bravo, Bravo.
March 26, 2013
I enjoyed watching A Resurrection. Unlike the dumbed-down horror flicks offered today, this movie recalls the era when thrillers like this actually had a great story behind them. I saw the end coming from a mile away. But, when the end finally came, it wasn't at all what I expected. That was a welcome surprise. At first I thought that too many people had been killed. After all, only six souls had to be taken, according to the Bruja's spell. But, after thinking back on it, I realized that some of the departed were not victims of the dead brother. They were killed by others instead. When is the last time a horror movie made you think? It's been a while. If you're fairly young, you may not have ever experienced an intelligent horror flick. Go rent Psycho. The camera work and editing are top quality and often quite creative. The acting is varied, but excellent in the most important characters. Eli is an example of casting perfection. I took my girlfriend to see this movie and she jumped and screamed at all the required scare points. That's a whole lot better than looking over at your girlfriend to find she's fallen asleep! It's also refreshing to walk out of the theater talking over the story. Too often these days I walk out, sometimes before the movie ends, wondering why I wasted so much money and thinking about asking for a refund. Go see A Resurrection. It's easily worth twice the price of admission.
March 25, 2013
It was a great movie. The kid was very creepy and it made the movie awesome. I thought Barton did not do so well because she kind of sucked me out of the movie at times, she could have been much better. This was a great movie overall considering the field (Horror) is hard to compete in. It is very easy to make a crap horror movie these days. This movie past my test, I am a tough crowd when it comes to Horror/Scary movies. The plot was great and well written. Orlando did a great job writting and directing. I do not think Barton's preformance should bring everyone else down because they all did a good job.
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