GenreCrime, Drama, Thriller Costume designNic Ede CountryUnited Kingdom
Release date13 February 1998 (1998-02-13) (UK) WriterEoin McNamee (novel), Eoin McNamee (screenplay) CastStuart Townsend (Victor Kelly), John Hannah (Darkie Larche), James Nesbitt (Ryan), Brenda Fricker (Dorcas Kelly), Derek Thompson (Herbie Ferguson), George Shane (James Kelly) Similar moviesI Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Bloody Moon, Taken 3, Mad Max: Fury Road, Brooklyn's Finest, John Wick
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Resurrection Man is a 1998 British film, directed by Marc Evans with a screenplay written by Eoin McNamee based on his novel of the same name. The story is loosely based on the real-life "Shankill Butchers", an Ulster loyalist gang in 1970s Belfast who conducted random killings of Catholic civilians until their leader, Lenny Murphy, was assassinated by a Provisional IRA hit squad.
Although set in Belfast, Resurrection Man was not filmed there, with the English cities of Manchester, Liverpool and Warrington serving as the film's locations.
Critical reception and analysis
In an essay entitled "Vampire Troubles: Loyalism and Resurrection Man", academic Steve Baker argues that the film can be interpreted as a vampire film, "situating it within a loyalist self image of vampirism". In fact, Stuart Townsend's performance in this film was what prompted Michael Rymer to cast him the role of the Vampire Lestat in Queen of the Damned.