THE REZORT

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What do you do when the zombie apocalypse is over, two billion people are dead, and everyone goes back to their boring lives? Round up what’s left of the zombies, stick them all on a North African island, and open up a zombie-shooting resort of course!

And that is basically the premise of The Rezort. Although it sounds a bit silly, it’s actually quite a serious film, and works well. Think Jurassic Park meets The Walking Dead/Dawn of the Dead/*insert zombie reference here*, as director Steve Barker mused with Alan Jones before the film was shown at FrightFest.

In a post-apocalyptic Britain, couple Melanie (De Gouw) and Lewis (McCann) decide to go on holiday to The Rezort in order to help lay the past to rest. Lewis served in the army, whereas Melanie has never quite been the same since watching her dad turn into one of the undead. The Rezort, run by businesswoman Valerie (Claire Goose), is something of an island paradise, turning a blind eye to the impoverished refugees who also live there, being helped by charity Hope4U. Melanie and Lewis are joined by a couple of video game competition winners (Jassa Ahluwalia, Lawrence Walker), a mysterious woman with her own agenda (Elen Rhys) and rich trigger-happy American and Asian businessmen around the resort.

As Richard Attenborough could’ve told them, a grand park with dangerous creatures doesn’t always work out, but at least the group has grizzled veteran Archer (Dougray Scott) with them, who just happens to be an expert zombie-killer.

While not an instant classic in the already saturated zombie market, Barker’s third entry does deserve its place, as it’s an enjoyable film with a premise that you think would’ve been done years ago. Every zombie movie adds its own unique twist or convention to the canon and this is no exception, with one particular zombie’s behaviour to look out for.

A welcome addition for zombie lovers, who won’t be disappointed.

THE REZORT / DIRECTOR: STEVE BARKER / SCREENPLAY: PAUL GERSTENBERGER / STARRING: DOUGRAY SCOTT, JESSICA DE GOUW, MARTIN MCCANN, CLAIRE GOOSE 


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