With all of the zombie movies that have been made over the years, do we really need another one? My reaction has been, and always will be, "of course we do!" Who doesn't want another zombie movie on the shelves? There are a lot of lousy ones out there and, to be sure, many lousy ones yet to be made. The zombie genre is a bit overcrowded and there are very few good zombie movies. The fun of watching these movies, and horror movies in general, is wading through the junk and discovering those hidden gems that strike a chord and work as good movies. All that said, is The Resurrection Game worthy of joining the small ranks of great zombie movies? The short answer is no, but that doesn't tell the full story.
The Resurrection Game is a low budget film that offers a lot to admire, but also falls prey to its low budget roots. It combines horror, science fiction, drama, and black comedy underneath a banner of creativity. There is a lot at work in this film, and with some fine-tuning, it could have made the leap to being great. Viewing low and no-budget films is a tricky proposition. I watched this movie and couldn’t help but be distracted by the wildly inconsistent audio, mediocre to poor acting, and effects that are, shall we say, less than convincing. However, through it all, it is the energy put into the production that carries it along. Content is king. If the writing is interesting and the filmmakers believe in what they are doing, it is that much easier to put the lesser aspects aside. On some levels, this succeeds at doing just that.
The film opens with the great screen title, "This story will be true." We are then thrust into a near future where the dead have been returning to life but prove to be more of an annoyance than a threat. It seems that civilization has just learned to deal with the slow and lumbering brain eaters. A new form of police has also been created, the NOE, or exterminators. If you have an infestation problem, give them a call, they come and take care of it.
The story focuses on a former cop turned private investigator who is hired to find the source of and cure the infestation of the living dead. His investigation leads him to a doctor who has been disgraced for her experiments looking for a cure for cancer. They eventually team up with a pair of independent exterminators who enjoy their work but do not particularly enjoy each other’s company. Together they end up uncovering a conspiracy with global implications. The source of the zombie infestation is actually a little more complicated and involves duplicates and never ending funds. I dare not say more save you should see it.