#31in31 2017 – The ReZort

“Here at the ReZort, we firmly believe that every apocalypse deserves an after-party!”

Story: Zombie plague! Eek! But we beat it! Yay! So a company decides to make a resort area for the living to shoot up the dead. What could go wrong? Undead Rights activists. Because of course.

Scares: A few of the “coming to get you, Barbara” variety. Mostly it’s suspense, as you try to figure out who will make it out, and how/if they’ll do it.

Splat factor: Zombies. So yeah. But it’s not over the top crazy. Just right, Goldilocks.

Closing scene “shocker”?: Zombies. Of course.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Refreshingly original.

Trick or Treat?: I worried that this movie would suck big time.  But I was in the mood to hate-watch.  However, my hate-watching would have to pick another day, as The ReZort is a whole lot of fun, with some surprisingly refreshing spins on what’s now a rather overworked genre.  Very much like the Jurassic series – things go wonky, and now a group of survivors have to make their way to safety. Before time runs out. But there’s a nice bit of thinking this film asks you to do – do zombies remember their lives? Can they feel?

Goes from zero to zombies swarming the compound in less than minute. Kinda hard to believe that the “ReZort” itself would have zombies thisclose to the hotel and pool area…or it was a HUGE lapse in judgement. But okay, I’ll give you a pass, movie. Why? Because The ReZort is a whole lot of fun to watch. I’m even loving typing out “ReZort”.

This film does a great job of showing the after-effects of a horrific disaster, and how people cope. I also like the “new ones are fast, old ones are slow” idea. Makes sense. And it adds suspense; you don’t know what type is coming when. That, and the “twists” add real, bloody interest to the usual Run Run Run story. And without giving too much away, let’s just say that the “ReZort” itself ain’t all it’s cracked up to be…and I loved that subplot.

The best compliment I can give The ReZort? I’d watch it again. And maybe again after that.

Score: 4.5 out of 5 pumpkins.

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