After a lengthy mess of pushed back release dates that had audiences waiting since at least 2011, the Valeri Milev (Wrong Turn 6, Code Red) directed ‘Re-Kill’ finally finds it’s home in the 2015 “8 films to die for” After Dark Horrorfest, and what a perfect home the series makes for this genre blending battle royal.
Viewers that are unaware of the mishaps surrounding the release date, should be able to completely enjoy the film for the piece of artistic effort that it was intended to be. A reinvention of the mockumentary genre, with a parody-esque feel of reality television, mixed with an all too true sarcastic touch on human behavior topped off with a heavy serving of the ever-popular zombie craze. That is ‘Re-Kill’ in a nutshell.
From the initial “commercial break” I was hooked on the original twist to such unoriginal angles. Executing that type of mixture is difficult to show effectively in a final product, yet the production, writing, directing and editing teams seemed to clench the feeling perfectly.
‘Re-Kill’ housed a solidly cohesive cast that toed the line of cliche and comedy to perfection. The highlight of the film was embedded within one of the “commercial breaks,” during a survivor tale from Ellis (Dean J. West) and his delivery of that experience, top notch, and just the right sprinkle of humor that the film needed to balance out the zombie outbreak, which is all too saturated in the industry these days.
Roger R. Cross (The Strain, Arrow) played an entertaining “Sarge” while Bruce Payne (Dungeons & Dragons, Highlander:Endgame) showed a convincing side to an overly-religious soldier, Winston. The usage of computer generated imagery was minimal, yet visually vivid when used. The kills were almost forgettable because of the sheer amount, while the makeup/costumes were done well.
The overall feel of ‘Re-Kill’ held a type of genius to it, whereas audiences feel as if they are watching their favorite network as the events unfold in front of them in almost real time (2 hour delay). Unfortunately I feel as if this film will get overlooked and become under-appreciated in the community of horror fans due to the impatience that seems to have surrounded this release.
I highly recommend ‘Re-Kill,’ as I see high levels of entertainment throughout the 88 minutes of film time. Lots of laughs, lots of zombies, lots of gruesomely gory sequences and lots for viewers to relate to as the comedic satire of ignorance in general human behavior is magnified in a glorious way.