Resurrection Man (film)
|Directed by||Marc Evans|
|Written by||Eoin McNamee|
|Music by||David Holmes|
Resurrection Man is a 1998 British film, directed by Marc Evans with a screenplay written by Eoin McNamee based on his novel of the same name. The story is loosely based on the real-life "Shankill Butchers", an Ulster loyalist gang in 1970s Belfast who conducted random killings of Catholic civilians until their leader, Lenny Murphy, was assassinated by a Provisional IRA hit squad.
- Stuart Townsend – Victor Kelly
- John Hannah – Darkie Larche
- James Nesbitt – Ryan
- James Ellis – Coppinger
- Brenda Fricker – Dorcas Kelly
- Geraldine O'Rawe – Heather Graham
- Seán McGinley – Sammy McClure
- George Shane – James Kelly
Critical reception and analysis
In an essay entitled "Vampire Troubles: Loyalism and Resurrection Man", academic Steve Baker argues that the film can be interpreted as a vampire film, "situating it within a loyalist self image of vampirism". In fact, Stuart Townsend's performance in this film was what prompted Michael Rymer to cast him the role of the Vampire Lestat in Queen of the Damned.
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- Baker, Stephen (2004) Vampire Troubles: Loyalism and Resurrection Man. In: Keeping it real: themes and issues in Irish film and television. (Eds: Barton, Ruth and O'Brien, Harvey), Wallflower, pp. 78–86. ISBN 978-1-903364-94-9
- Barton, Ruth (2004). Irish national cinema. Psychology Press. ISBN 0-415-27895-3.
- Biography: Stuart Townsend, Talk Talk.