Starring: Alexis Golightly, Damian Ladd, Eli Kranski, Chad Kessler, Amanda Pennington
Plot: In an isolated house, a group of friends battle supernatural forces as they try to protect a young woman from an evil cult in this low-budget horror shocker... Stripped and savaged by evil cultist, her body offered up to the demonic God they worship. Now she carries the evil within her and the ones she loves most will pay the price with their life's.....The devil himself wants her for his bride and he's sending his legions of hell to get her.
My Review and Thoughts:
I have found the pure retro 70s, 80s beauty of cinema once again. This is a classic modern-day retro 70s drive-in B-movie. A horror film that I truly have fallen in love with. This is a new cult classic. This is a new modern midnight following, fan club based beauty of horror cinema.
This is like taking the wonderful 70s beauty of writer/director AMANDO DE OSSORIO The Blind Dead Collection and mixing in Hammer Studios The Devil Rides out and splashing all the beauty and wonderment of zombie films of the Italian nature.
This film captures that classic reality of zombie horror and gives a modern approach. Zombie movies are so over done this day and age and there are very few that stand out as something new and fresh. I want a movie that becomes pure candy to the film buff and horror lover. This day and age when I go into zombie films I come out of them wishing for more or at least something that has not been done before over and over again and that is what this genera of film making has become. I think I found the fun homage film to the old lover of 70's and 80's horror in Demon Resurrection.
I really enjoyed the darkened reality and the direction and over all complete feel of this horror movie. I loved the approach and the gore and most of all the sense of it being a classic retro horror.
William Hopkins directed this little gem of b-movie drive-in cinema. His created imagination on screen flows for the viewer. I believe what also stands out is the filmed, creepy, dark, imagery.
The performance by Alexis Golightly as Grace is perfect in her role capturing the victim and the terror and helplessness of her character. She made you believe her ordeal of demonic rape and the victim to the dark forces and mother to evil. She shines in the part.
The performance by Damian Ladd as John, who is Graces boyfriend in the movie, is top notch. The chemistry between the two are believable and truly entertaining together. Ladd is a great actor and creates his persona down to earth and also in that old style of warrior against the dark forces.
Will McDonald plays Toth the head cult leader and demon summoner. This is only his second movie. I think he created a fun blank, twisted character.
This has the awesome one of kind horror movie b-movie stable of an actor Joe Zaso who plays Toth's assistant. I have followed him for many years and he is always a true actor owning each of his characters. I will always remember him in 2007's Barricade and countless others. He acts not just in horror but to me that's where he belongs. His persona and gift for the art of horror shines in his acting reality.
Laurie Miller plays Kate. She gives the take charge, serious persona to the character. Miller owns her part and creates Kate in a believable manner.
My favorite character in the movie has to go to Bashir Solebo who plays Denton, who at first I thought was going to be the token black guy in the horror, but ended up playing a truly strong part that I really enjoyed.
This has all your basic characters, your black guy, you're gay guy, you're annoying jock type character that only knows how to say f***k. The jocks girlfriend who basically tags along and was probably the cheerleader in high school. The victim, the educated nerd, the take charge I know what to do character, the weird one who spews about demons and the supernatural. It has all the makeup of different persona's you would expect.
The 40 min mark is when the crap hits the fan and the ultimate romp of b-movie flavor of enjoyment begins.
Disemboweling, gut ripping, bitch slapping zombies, yes you read that right. You even have a zombie acting like Romeo seeking out his Juliet climbing a wall to the second floor, although she wishes not to know "where for art thou".
A true hoot, that totally pollutes the horror world in a truly twisted good way. The birth shot I will not forget. The moment of birth was like, The Deadly Spawn on crack.
In the end the movie holds its own as a great low budget drive-in b-horror movie.
Burial Ground meets the modern day and offers a slice of Italian style horror to a new generation.
Go and buy this wild retro, exploitation and truly a fun awesome ride.