The climax of The Resort
(2021) does everything right. The scene uses a well-executed blend of CGI and practical effects and features two gruesome, memorable deaths. While many low budget horror films use quick cuts and evasive editing to distract viewers from poor effects, here, the camera lingers confidently on the horrific imagery. Every element of the climax works. The editing is disorienting. The suspense is tangible. Even the color palette is vivid with intense reds and blues. As a stand-alone short film, this scene could win prizes.
Unfortunately, the rest of the movie is a disappointing bunch of missed opportunities.
Despite taking inspiration from a genuinely frightening source—urban exploration—outside of its clever climax, The Resort
misses nearly every opportunity to be scary. This is too bad since the exploration of abandoned sites serves as the basis of so much excellent horror: movies like Grave Encounters
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