Resurrection (1999 film)
Resurrection original film poster
|Directed by||Russell Mulcahy|
|Produced by||Howard Baldwin
Karen Elise Baldwin
|Written by||Brad Mirman
|Distributed by||Columbia TriStar Home Video|
Detective John Prudhomme, a Cajun transferred to Chicago, is assigned to investigate the savage murder of a man who has bled to death from a severed arm. A message, "He Is Coming", written in blood on the victim's window, is a dark, foreboding clue. After two more victims with missing body parts are discovered, Prudhomme realises he is on the trail of a serial killer who is using the missing body parts to reconstruct the body of Christ in time for Easter.
According to director Russell Mulcahy's DVD commentary movie was originally rated NC-17 which is why several scenes of violence and gore, like the leg cutting scene, were cut for R rating. Uncut version of the film was never released.
Resurrection was released in the fall of 1999 on cable television in the United States. In other countries such as France, Spain and Switzerland, it was shown in theatres. In France, it was a modest success with nearly 400,000 film admissions. The film was quite popular in Spain, with 1,198,684 admissions.
Critical reception has been mixed. Marc Bernardin of Entertainment Weekly called the film "woefully derivative" but "well-crafted." John Fallon of Arrow in the Head called it "a taut, clever thriller, directed with kinetic style and energy" and "one of the more entertaining serial killer movies on the block." Fallon added, "If you can get past the similarities with Seven, you will surely enjoy this razor sharp, nasty flick." Chuck O'Leary of FulvueDrive-in.com said the film is "a blatant rip-off of Seven, but pretty scary and unsettling in its own right." Carlo Cavagna of About Film called Resurrection "an entertaining movie," remarking that "the cinematography is quite good by any standard, and the writing is decent enough to keep you interested." Cavagna felt that the plot was "by-the-numbers," but added that it [has] a new twist on the killer's motivation."
- Christopher Lambert — John Prudhomme
- Leland Orser — Det. Andrew Hollinsworth
- Robert Joy — Gerald Demus
- Barbara Tyson — Sara Prudhomme
- Rick Fox — Scholfield
- David Cronenberg — Father Rousell
- Jonathan Potts — Detective Moltz
- Peter MacNeill — Captain Whippley
- Phillip Williams – Detective Rousch
- Jayne Eastwood — Dolores Koontz
- David Ferry — Mr. Breslauer
- Chaz Thorne — David Elkins
- Darren Enkin – John Ordway
- Michael Olah- Michael Prudhomme