Where are Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot when you need them? If ever a movie cried out for the full MST3K treatment, it’s The Resurrection Game. The only drawback is that The Resurrection Game is funny in its own right. With a plot so convoluted that the characters stop in the middle of the action to explain what’s going on, this masterpiece—written and directed by Mike Watt—failed to satisfy my search for the worst movie ever made.
There are a lot of things happening in The Resurrection Game, and they seem to revolve around a zombie infestation (which is somewhat similar to a Biblical plague). The actors all have certificates of accomplishment from the “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes School of Acting,” which means that the undead are more accomplished performers than the living.
In addition to the zombie infestation, The Resurrection Game includes adultery, “underage Methodist Lesbians,” a soufflé that is threatening to fall (due to zombies banging around in the basement) and ruin the women’s auxiliary luncheon, a nun who is a dominatrix marriage counselor at Our Lady of Perpetual Motion (as well as being a zombie exterminator), and a couple of mullets that will make your hair stand on end.
The cinematography is horrible (a la Plan Nine from Outer Space) and the lighting is hopeless. However, they compare well to the incompetent sound recording. None of this reflects badly on the film; The Resurrection Game is meant to be an awful movie, and it succeeds.
There are a lot of actors in The Resurrection Game, and it’s hard to know exactly who is supposed to be the hero, since there are several candidates. One offers such classic lines as, “For a million dollars, I’ll put on a pair of shoes,” and, “I’m an alcoholic ex-cop, of course I can clean a cut.” These however are the not the best lines in the film. That award goes to the following exchange:
"The perfect soldier—it’s already dead and obeys simple commands.”
“Like kill…and probably sit.”
In searching for a plot, the first possibility to suggest itself is that a horror-fiction writer (think Stephen King) wants to find a cure for zombie-ism because the zombie infestation has had a negative effect on the sale of his books. Once you get comfortable with that plot, the movie goes in a completely different direction, offering a “replacement” plot, which disappears to make room for the “substitute” plot. And so on.
Don’t worry. In a movie where clones spring forth from nowhere as fully grown exact duplicates of people, plot is not a big sticking point. There is blood gushing all over the place, but it’s surprisingly un-gory, probably because horrifying effects would have cost money. Everything about The Resurrection Game is cheesy, and because it doesn’t pretend to be anything other than exactly what it is, the cheesiness works.
There is one character the viewer should pay attention to, Necro-Phil (played by himself). He is sort of a puppet zombie who gives the audience something to anticipate — his next appearance.
There are three bonuses included in The Resurrection Game – Tenth Anniversary Special Edition: Director’s Commentary, Producer’s Commentary, and "Necromaniacs: Ten Years of the Resurrection Game."
Bottom Line: Would I buy/rent The Resurrection Game? Yes. I love terrible movies, and this one would go nicely on a double bill with something from Ed Wood.