Monday, October 14, 2013

The Revenant

2009 **1/2

Bart, a soldier who gets killed in Iraq rises from the dead after his funeral service back home in California.  Confused about his current state of existence he seeks the help of his goofball friend Joey to help figure it out. At first they think he is a zombie because of his progression of decomposition but he is unable to eat anything without vomiting up vile black stuff. They discover that ingesting blood is the only thing he can hold down and it reverses the decomposition process so they think vampire but after some internet research decide he is neither of those but something called a revenant, a blood drinking real type ghostish being who has unfinished business. The dilemma of fulfilling his need for blood becomes an issue as robbing a blood bank isn’t an easy task. They make a decision to rid the city of the bottom feeders and become vigilantes. Things get complicated though when they discover that the criminals Bart is feeding off of come back as revenants themselves unless they are beheaded prior to resurrection.  Add Bart’s doting girlfriend to the mix and her friend who thinks Bart should be put out of his misery and his re-life becomes one giant sticky situation.


As comedy-horror goes this is a pretty entertaining albeit middle of the road attempt. The dialogue is witty but the pace is a bit slow moving in general. Not brilliant by any means but certainly not one to overlook either. The concept of the revenant itself is unique and refreshing amongst the endless droves of zombie and vampire flicks out there. The added love story makes it a perfect biddy friendly film with just the right amount of gore to give it a little edge.

5 comments:

Octopunk said...

I like the idea of someone hitting the internet to figure out what kind of creature they've become. Think I might try that right now...

Crap. I'm a nerd.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

Ehh, I'm not really on the market for any new hybrid creatures. Most of my zombie needs are met with The Walking Dead and I don't care if I ever see another vampire movie again (excluding Bela & Christopher Lee flicks, obviously).

AC said...

if it were a star higher it would definitely make the queue.

JPX said...

Love story? Thbttttttt. There is no room for romance in horror, damnit! Nice review, Cat. I am tired of the whole vampire-type premise thing, however and will skip this one.

Love story???

DCD said...

Yeah, even with my biddy status I think
I'll pass.