Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2012
WINNER: Prix Mad Movies du film le plus Mad, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2012
"This combination of shrewd self-awareness, experimentation, boundary-less creepiness, and popcorn instincts is a work that recalls David Lynch, Adam Wingard, and the scariest parts of BLAIR WITCH. Oh, and maybe I'd throw Monte Hellman in there, too." — Peter Gutierrez, TWITCH FILM
Michael’s life is on the proverbial right track. The same cannot be said for his best friend Chris, who has sunk into an abyss of addiction and loneliness. Michael wants desperately to help. One day, he receives a chilling video of Chris in a worse state than he’s even been seen in before, and Michael completely loses it, kisses his wife goodbye and leaves on a seven-day trip to the country shack that Chris has been squatting in. When he gets to the cabin’s doorstep, the first thing he learns is that his friend never sent the video and has no idea how the footage could even have been shot. What Chris does know, however, is that he’s already accepted his fate as an addict and has no desire to clean up. Michael responds by handcuffing him to a wall. He’s going to detox whether he wants to or not. What follows, though, is far more harrowing than a cold turkey clean-up. The cabin and its surroundings reveal themselves to have unearthly, mystical qualities. Things disappear then reappear in irrational places. Photos are replaced with shots that couldn’t be possible. Faces appear at the window. Nothing is right in this place. And things are about to go horrifically more wrong.
A captivating waking nightmare of a film, RESOLUTION tore out of nowhere when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and made almost every critic’s best-of-fest lists. Like last summer’s ABSENTIA, RESOLUTION is a model of both genre film ingenuity and resourceful low-budget filmmaking, offering a chillingly original interpretation of the supernatural centered largely around creepy urban legends that linger at the edge of plausibility. It’s brilliantly constructed and realized, perfectly cast and performed, with engrossingly written characters. Most importantly, it is scary beyond words, viscerally and intellectually terrifying as it plays both with the mythic and the personal, conjuring scares from the most surprising of places, where things appear logical but are not, seem normal but are far from it. Co-Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead have made one of the best horror films we’ve seen in years. There’s so much to love here, we don’t want to risk spoiling anything, just know that the synopsis above barely scratches the surface of what this film is and be prepared for something truly original, scary and special.
— Mitch Davis