Resurrection is a new independent sci-fi/horror film from Jeff Burr — exploitation director of films such as The Offspring (1987), Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990), Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy (2007, with Chip Gubera) and Puppet Master 4 and 5 (1993, 1994). His close association in times past with Full Moon Entertainment should tell you all you need to know.
The film fits snuggly into the small-town, bad-science sub-genre, in which an innocent or not-so-innocent traveler wanders into a small-town only to find that the inhabitants are out of their mind — often due to an out-of-control scientific research experiment that has had a serious impact on their peaceful attitude to life. Think The Crazies (1973) and its 2010 remake, not to mention assorted zombie flicks. Maybe even Two Thousand Maniacs (1964) and the 2001 Maniacs remake (2005). Here a college student on his way home for Easter stumbles upon a small midwestern town being severely affected by a psychosis that is the result of experiments in genetically modified crops. As these shots revealed, the GM effect promotes make-up disasters and a desire to shoot things and put drills through heads. Normal behaviour in some parts of America, I would’ve thought.
Details about Resurrection (such as what exactly is being resurrected) are precious few at the moment, but there does seem to be a political conspiracy of some kind involved, possibly with religious overtones.
I can tell you that the film was filmed in Franklin, Indiana, and uses many of the cast and crew of Jim Wynorski’s upcoming monster/comedy flick Monster Cruise, the guy in front of the flag above (Gerard Pauwels) and this group shot testifies — from left: Steve Christopher (Wilson), Jim O’Rear (Dr. Neilson), Shay Baker (Dan), Kayla Gill (Crystal), and Ervin Ross (Mike):
I’m told that the ubiquitous Lloyd Kaufman of Troma fame makes an appearance in the movie as well, as does veteran genre actor Richard Lynch (last seen in Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake). Here Kaufman is on the set (a GM burger joint) with co-star Jessica Cameron:
Word is that the film is in the can and is now in post-production. Release dates have not yet been revealed. So take a look at lots more images from the film in the Gallery below, and hang in there for future news.
- Source: Bill Dever; Official Facebook page.
- Writing: Robert Hood | Research: Avery Guerra.