A reel horror film that feels very much like a real horror film . . . .
I love all movies, especially horror, but I’m never usually in the lead when it comes to discovering a new gem that fans will grow to love. Well, in this case, I hope that’s about to change.
Resurrecting The Streetwalker is a mockumentary about a young filmmaker, James (played by James Powell, and played fantastically), who discovers an unfinished horror movie from the 1980s in the basement of the production company he works for. Seeing a chance to make his move from lowly runner to, finally, helming a creation of his own, James persuades his boss to let him try to complete the movie and make some money from it. But as the pressure builds and good fortune stays suspiciously at bay, James becomes more and more obsessed with the old movie, convinced it may contain a real death in there and equally convinced that he must get it finished at any cost. While all this is happening, James is being filmed by his friend, Marcus (Tom Shaw, who is also fantastic), for a documentary on making your way within the film industry.
Writer/director Ozgur Uyanik (who I had the pleasure of firing a couple of questions to at Edinburgh’s FabFest 2010) is a smart, daring guy. Anyone who kicks off their own horror movie with a selection of titles culled from the great “video nasty” era (putting the main content of the film into context) is either a glutton for punishment or has firm belief in their own material. And Mr Uyanik did not seem like a glutton for punishment. Resurrecting The Streetwalker is a strange, unnerving experience and feels all the stranger because your own mind is constantly pushing ahead and working up more fear and intensity than anything shown overtly on screen (well, most of the time). The whole thing has a brooding quality even while showing harmless interplay between friends.
The other great thing about the film is the layers of 24 fps truth/death it has throughout. Marcus is filming his friend who is filming an ending to a film we keep seeing footage of. This brings up all kinds of thoughts/questions about objectivity, audio/visual manipulation and the power of the moving image.
With solid, I’d maybe even call it uniformly great, acting throughout, an intriguing and eerie central idea and a script and execution of the material that capitalises on every little detail this film should be looked out for by horror fans and deserves as wide an audience as possible.
One more thing worth mentioning: I and, I believe, most of the other audience members could see how things were going to pan out almost from the very beginning but that wasn’t a problem at all. Uyanik gives glimpses of footage to be seen later in the movie and foreshadows many of the plot points but the “fun” was to be had in the journey, not the final destination itself. This film had me asking myself a number of questions and I like films that manage to do that.
Film website: resurrectingthestreetwalker.com