‘A holiday to die for’
The ReZort is a 2015 British-Spanish zombie horror film directed by Steve Barker (Outpost and Outpost: Black Sun) from a screenplay by Paul Gerstenberger (House of Anubis; Bad Meat). The film was formerly known as Generation Z.
In the US, the film was released on VOD by Content Media on January 17, 2017. In the UK, a DVD was released by 101 Films on 23 January, 2017.
Dougray Scott (Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; The Vatican Tapes; Fear the Walking Dead), Jessica De Gouw (Dracula TV series), Martin McCann (Ripper Street), Richard Laing, Jassa Ahluwalia (Ripper Street), Sam Douglas, Bentley Kalu (Doctor Who), Claire Goose, Shane Zaza, Elen Rhys (World War Z), Robert Firth, Sean Power (Bad Karma; Fright Night 2), Rebecca James (Deader Country), Jamie Ward, Catarina Mira.
Set in the wake of an apocalyptic zombie outbreak, the film centers on Melanie (de Gouw) and her boyfriend, Lewis (McCann), who visit a safari retreat – The ReZort – where every paying guest has a license to kill the undead.
There they meet Archer (Scott), a former zombie hunter who has to step up when the security system at the ReZort crashes and unleashes thousands of bloodthirsty zombies back into the wild…
“a promising film that felt like it could have changed the zombie genre, or at least inject a spark of originality into such films. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite happen. It got lost in a sea of its own attempts to hew as closely to the zombie tropes as possible. As a result, The ReZort is really just like every other zombie film out there, just reskinned in a different outfit.” Marcus Goh, Yahoo News
“Beyond being a fun, scary horror romp, The ReZort’s strength lies in its interesting take on the undead, interrogating what is and what’s not human, inverting the usual zombie conceit of the living having to accept that their fellow man are zombified, no longer human and thus ripe for annihilation. The ReZort switches this dynamic through its setting of zombie safari and its depiction of the undead.” Rachel Bowles, The Skinny
“The ReZort tries really hard, but is let down by a limited budget and a couple of under-developed stock characters. It also suffers a bit from the old adage of biting off more than it can chew. Not content with the zombie safari aspect, or the zombie rights viewpoint, it also adds another layer involving refugees. The short run time makes it near impossible for all strands to be properly explored.” Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News
“What this writer really liked about The ReZort is the film’s take on the genre, managing to intelligently incorporate the current and very real issues of the migrant crisis in the UK. Zombie flicks, at their core, offer survivalist horror, and while George Romero and other zombie-oriented filmmakers have included tongue-in-cheek political undertones in their output, The ReZort takes on their political message with no humor and a sense of reality.” Amy Seidman, Fangoria
” … a film that wants to be taken seriously, but is so lacking in originality that it simply falls apart. Add in the cardboard characters led by Dougray Scott and Jessica De Gouw and there really isn’t much to keep us going for the entire ride.” Deborah Wee, The New Paper
“The ReZort is one of those great ideas for a film, that you can’t believe has never been made before. The excellent premise is backed up with strong direction and impressive zombie effects. Gorehounds will not be disappointed either. Jessica De Gouw leads the cast well, and is ably supported by Dougray Scott’s strong silent type. Unfortunately, some of the supporting characters are just too unlikeable to engage with.” John Parker, Entertainment Focus
“While Barker and company do make the most of their budget, and the questions that do arise from the idea of a zombie safari are interesting (along with the attempt at social commentary), the one-note characters and the inability to fully capitalize on it’s own setup is frustrating. It’s entertaining, but it’s a fire-and-forget type of film.” Pat Torfe, Bloody Disgusting