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directed by Matt Zettell
USA 2008


When Sam (Dayton Knoll, BLOOD RANCH), his sister Lucy (Kathryn Michelle, REPO MEN), girlfriend Kat (Cassie Self), and best friend Tommy (Adam Huss, EL MASCARADO MASSACRE) decide to camp out at Devil's Den State Park in Resurrection County - necessitating a detour through creepy Enoch City - you know there's little chance of them ever coming back. When Sam and Tommy ignore the "no trespassing" and "keep out" signs and drive their ATV's onto the meth lab of Stag (Rus Blackwell, MONSTER), they get in a shootout with his tweaking brother Billy (Lynnsee Provence, THE GIFT). Sam and Tommy take off on foot with Stag in pursuit. Meanwhile, his Enoch City buddies terrorize the girls back at camp. Stag brutally murders Kat and Sam shoots him, incurring the wrath of Stag's brother Cody (Jason T. Davis, SUGAR CREEK). Sam, Tommy, and Lucy are abducted but their inevitable "torture porn" torments will have to wait until after the wake for the two dead brothers conducted by their preacher father (Robert Miano, SAFEHOUSE) who is willing to "let boys be boys" so long as their fun does not attract any more suspicion from the new sheriff (David Pickens, MY DOG SKIP). Sam, Tommy, and Lucy can only endure so much torture until they strike back with equally deadly - if not as sadistic - force.

RESURRECTION COUNTY really adds nothing new to the backwoods or torture porn sub-genres, and is a fairly monotonous experience. Although there are some lingering scenes of violence, the film is never as brutal as it wants its audience to think it is. Furthermore, it's attempt to keep the audience on its feet by killing off the cardboard characters marked with traits that usually let them survive in other horror films fails to liven things up. The victims' equally brutal scenes revenge are not particularly cathartic for the viewer, and the circular ending is just tired. This is all unfortunate because both the principal and supporting cast, though mostly unfamiliar, are all quite good (particulary Mioni, Davis, and Blackwell).

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 19 October 2008 (USA)

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DVD Review: MTI Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:37:06

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.5 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (CC), Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: MTI Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (16:9; 2:18)

DVD Release Date: 20 March 2012

Chapters 12



MTI's DVD features an interlaced, single-layer, anamorphic presentation of the feature. Some highlights are blown-out in the daylight exteriors, but this is probably a fault of the original cinematography (which is otherwise fine with good detail in close-ups). English closed-captioning and optional Spanish subtitles accompany the Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo downmix. There are no extras other than the trailer and trailers for other MTI titles.

  - Eric Cotenas


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