THE RESORT (2021) Reviews of Hawaiian ghost horror

 

The Resort is a 2021 American supernatural horror film about paranormal investigators seeking proof of an infamous ghost haunting an island.

Written and directed by Taylor Chien (Cornered), the Double Down Pictures production stars Bianca Haase (Terrordactyl), Brock O’Hurn (Boo 2! A Medea Halloween; Boo! A Madea Halloween), Michael Vlamis (Spiral), Michelle Randolph (Chasing Nightmares; The Undertaker’s Wife; House of the Witch) and Dave Sheridan (Scream Test; Bloody Summer Camp; Big Freaking Rat; et al).

Plot:

Lex (Bianca Haase) is a writer obsessed with the paranormal. For her birthday, Lex’s three closest friends, Sam, Chris and Bree, decide to take her on a surprise trip to an abandoned holiday resort in Hawaii. The empty hotel is the supposed haunt of an infamous ghost, The Half-Faced Girl, and Lex is determined to find her.

When they arrive on the island, they find a massive, beautiful and eerily empty resort. Just as Lex decides that this was just an urban legend, her friends start to disappear one by one, leaving her at the mercy of the evil spirit…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“This is found footage cinema for those who can’t stand them or get dizzy. The casting is unreal. I was too fascinated by the mismatched couples and fake friendships to notice how nothing critical happens around the midpoint. The action is postponed so late, in fact, that the script builds nothing but apprehension.” Tales of Terror

The Resort does work up a few jump scares in the last half hour but they’re nothing you haven’t seen before. The most obvious bit of recycling is the victim who returns Evil Dead style to stalk and taunt their former friends. The film’s small cast means there aren’t many deaths or effects. There is a well-done scene of a face being ripped off, but a rotating head/body is obvious CGI.” [read more at] Voices from the Balcony

Release date:

In the USA, Vertical Entertainment will release The Resort on April 30, 2021. A British digital release is scheduled for the same day.

Cast and characters:

Michael Vlamis … Sam
Brock O’Hurn … Chris
Bianca Haase … Lex
Michelle Randolph … Bree
Dave Sheridan … Detective
Dante Jimenez … Mike
Romualdo Castillo … Henry
Rodney Gemberling … Ghost
Richard Teston … Waterfall guy
Andy Bumatai … Helicopter pilot
Rebecca Jarvis … Jessica
Casey Dacanay … Mrs Kendall
Avery Pascual … Sarah
Joaquin Veizaga … Preston
Kevin Petitto … Landlord Randy
Thomas Sanchez … Car buyer
Maria Olsen … Book store ghost
Josh Willis … Emergency room doctor
Lizze Gordon … Emergency room doctor
Mason Dodson … Emergency room nurse
Tim Wakefield … Emergency room nurse
Rafael Lopez … Head smash leg
Danika Massey … Paranormal P.I. host
Brandon B. Graham … The Haunting of Kilahuna narrator
Will Meldman … Rideshare driver

Filming locations:

Makena Beach & Golf Resort, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Technical details:

75 minutes

Trailer:

MOVIES and MANIA comment and rating:

While the three of the four leads are agreeable enough (one is annoying) and there’s some gorgeous Hawaiian scenery, it takes a full forty-eight minutes into the seventy-five minutes running time for anything even vaguely spooky to happen. And when the supernatural stuff does kick in, aside from a juicy face-ripping, it lacks genuine scares. A time-wasting police investigation flashback scenario doesn’t help matters.