Now playing at select movie theaters across the country, as well as streaming On Demand (VOD), is the horror film, The Resort.
The film stars Bianca Haase, Brock O’Hurn, Michael Vlamis, and Michelle Randolph.
The film was written and directed by Taylor Chien, and produced by Will Meldman, Sam Mobley, Justin Chien and Taylor Chien. It is distributed by Vertical Entertainment.
My husband and I enjoy watching videos about haunted places and supernatural experiences (our favorite YouTube channel is Nuke’s Top 5, as well as Slapped Ham). It’s cool to see VIDEOS about creepy ghost experiences, but it’s not something that we would want to experience in person. We’re not brave enough to go looking for ghosts.
We did have some experiences several years ago that we believe came from a ghost that followed me home from an abandon asylum that I was taking photos in and around… but that is a post for another day.
In this film, four best friends – Chris (O’Hurn), Bree (Randolph), Lex (Haase) and Sam (Vlamis) – are excited to celebrate Lex’s birthday. The group travel to Hawaii, but they are not planning on lounging on the beach or taking in the sun. They have other plans in mind.
Unbeknown to Lex at that time, the group arrange to take her to a secluded island which is home to an urban legend known as the “half-faced girl.”
As the story goes, a local island girl was brutally attacked and murdered by someone (or multiple people) near a resort that was recently build on the island. Afterwards, strange things would happen at the resort, and people claim to see a young girl missing half of her face – especially in one of the rooms. As a result, the resort was closed up and abandoned.
After they learned about the “half-faced girl,” the group thought it would be fun to travel to the island, enjoy a hike through nature, then stop in at the hotel in hopes of finding the “half-faced” girl (or evidence of her).
The group only has a few hours to enjoy the sights of the island, otherwise they will miss the only boat that goes to/from the island, and they would be forced to spend the night there. They also have to worry about meeting up with security guards who regularly check in on the hotel.
The day goes well. The group enjoys waterfalls and a quick swim. It would seem like this might be the perfect day for all.
The group make their way to the hotel, which indeed to abandoned and surrounded by a fence. It’s clearly meant to keep people out of the hotel. Sadly, the group does not heed the warning and make their way inside.
Their hope is to find evidence of the “half-faced girl,” or at least some kind of proof that the place is haunted. Be careful what you wish for…
Will the group find concrete proof of the “half-faced girl,” or is there something else going on at the hotel? To find you, you need to go see (or rent) The Resort. Look for it at a theater hear you or On Demand (VOD).
If you read my site on a regular basis, you know that I love horror movies. Sadly, 75% of today’s so-called horror movies are just duds. They might look awesome based on the trailer, but once you see the movie, it’s a huge disappointment. For that reason, I don’t necessarily watch a horror movie with any hope that it will be good.
The Resort moves along slowly. I understand that their experiences on the island prior to getting to the hotel are part of the story, but I think more time should have been spent on the ending of the film.
Once the group get to the hotel, things start to pick up. There is definitely a creepy factor to this massive hotel/resort that has been abandoned. There are so many rooms and places for ghosts (or others) to hide.
For me, once they got to the hotel, that’s when the movie began.
The acting was decent enough. Usually acting in horror films is pretty corny, but I would have to say that the actors in this film were decent.
I think the best part of the film comes in the last 10 minutes of the film. WOW! I was not expecting the last 10 minutes of the film. Kudos to the filmmakers for surprising me. I wish the majority of the film was exactly like the last 10 minutes of the film. If it was, this film would have been AWESOME. But sadly, that is not the case.
I will say that the absolute ending of the film left me scratching my head. The ending didn’t make much sense to me. The last 10 minutes were going along so great until that point, then it took a nose dive downward. I was not happy with the ending. It didn’t make much sense.
Over all I think it’s an entertaining film. It’s the type of film that I would watch again if I saw it on a premium channel (HBO, Starz…). I wouldn’t purchase the film (I wouldn’t watch it over and over again), but I would definetly watch it again if I saw it on television.
Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to review this film. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.