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Published on March 10th, 2021 | by Neil Jordan

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The Resonator: Miskatonic U Is A Great New Direction For Full Moon

Greetings & Salutations Everyone!

Well, the world is most certainly not out of the woods’ as of yet. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however. That is almost reason enough to march forward and make the most of everything until then. In the meantime, there is certainly more than enough digital content to keep us all occupied whether it’s games, graphic novels, comics, or movies. That being said, I have a serious brain twister for you. Today’s film for your consideration is brought to you by the B-movie legends and mad scientists over at Full Moon Features. Imagine if you can a film made by Stuart Gordon after binging on H.P. Lovercraft stories. From writer/director William Butler and Full Moon founder Charles Band comes The Resonator:Miskatonic U.

Starring Dane Oliver, Christina Helene Braa, Jeffrey Byron, Amanda Jones, Alex Keener, Michael Deak, Hannah Hueston, Michael Pare, Austin Woods, Thomas Shevela, and Amanda Wyss, the film is the latest production created as part of Full Moon’s new streaming service. A mainstay of Lovecraft lore, the film takes place in the fictional town of Arkham, Massachusetts where strange and otherworldly happenings are almost commonplace. Crawford Tillinghast (Oliver), one of Miskatonic University’s most gifted students, is attempting to carry on the work of his father the late Professor Tillinghast (Byron) by creating a machine he has dubbed ‘The Resonator’. In theory, the machine would allow one to see and experience multiple dimensions, travel forward or backward in time, all the while safely avoiding the strange and frightening entities that inhabit these realms. Tillinghast’s activities have unfortunately not gone unnoticed. One of his professors and coincidentally his father’s rival Professor Wallace (Pare) has grown suspicious of Crawford’s activities while girlfriend Mara (Braa), and his fellow students Bear (Keener), Carrie (Jones), and Brandon (Woods), the best and the brightest at the university press him for details. After confiding in them late one night Crawford agrees to include them when he begins field trials of his machine. Of course, he neglects to inform them of the fate of his assistant Brian (Shevela) when he powered up The Resonator for the first time just days before. The first test is a success but not without consequences. Too late do the students realize that they didn’t just view and experience other realities, the machine tore a while between the,e realities and set loose some of the murderous creatures that inhabited them upon our own reality.

Absolutely a film worthy of the Full Moon library. I do believe they upped their game this time around with the special effects and a cast that you’d expect to see in mainstream films or TV. Splitting it into two parts was something I’d never seen from them before either but was a good move on their part. Gave it more of a sci-fi/horror movie of the week vibe back in the day when serious writers and actors/actresses would cut their teeth doing those gigs to establish and solidify their reputations. I’d definitely give it 4 out of 5 stars. Each half of the film clocks in at about 39 minutes. B-Movie/Cult Status for sure. Certainly something for a dark and stormy night. The film isn’t rated but it’s definitely something for mature audiences only. If The Resonator: Miskonic-U is the kind of product we can expect to see more of, I’d venture to guess their streaming service is definitely going to do well.

Greetings & Salutations Everyone!

 

Well, the world is most certainly ‘not out of the woods’ as of yet. Their is a light at the end of the tunnel however. That is most reason enough to march forward and make the most of everything until then. In the meantime, there is certainly more than enough digital content to keep us all occupied whether it’s games, graphic novels, comics, or movies. That being said, I have a serious brain twister for you. Today’s film for your consideration is brought to you by the B-movie legends and mad scientists over at Full Moon Features. Imagine if you can a film made by Stuart Gordon after binging on H.P. Lovercraft stories. From writer/director William Butler and Full Moon founder Charles Band comes The Resonator:Miskatonic U.

 

Starring Dane Oliver, Christina Helene Braa, Jeffrey Byron, Amanda Jones, Alex Keener, Michael Deak, Hannah Hueston, Michael Pare, Austin Woods, Thomas Shevela, and Amanda Wyss, the film is the latest production created as part of Full Moon’s new streaming service. A mainstay of Lovecraft lore, the film takes place in the fictional town of Arkham, Massachusetts where strange and otherworldly happenings are almost commonplace. Crawford Tillinghast (Oliver), one of Miskatonic University’s most gifted students, is attempting to carry on the work of his father the late Professor Tillinghast (Byron) by creating a machine he has dubbed ‘The Resonator’.

In theory the machine would allow one to see and experience multiple dimensions, travel forward or backward in time, all the while safely avoiding the strange and frightening entities that inhabit these realms. Tillinghast’s activities have unfortunately not gone unnoticed. One of his professors and coincidentally his father’s rival Professor Wallace (Pare) has grown suspicious of Crawford’s activities while girlfriend Mara (Braa), and his fellow students Bear (Keener), Carrie (Jones), and Brandon (Woods), the best and the brightest at the university press him for details.

After confiding in them late one night Crawford agrees to include them when he begins field trials of his machine. Of course, he neglects to inform them of the fate of his assistant Brian (Shevela) when he powered up The Resonator for the first time just days before. The first test is a success but not without consequences. To late do the students realize that they didn’t just view and experience other realities, the machine tore a while between th,e realities and set loose some of the murderous creatures that inhabited them upon our own reality.

 

Absolutely a film worthy of the Full Moon library. I do believe they upped their game this time around with the special affects and a cast that you’d expect to see in mainstream films or TV.

Splitting it into two parts was something I’d never seen from them before either but was a good move on their part. Gave it more of a sci-fi/horror movie of the week vibe back in the day when serious writers and actors/actresses would cut their teeth doing those gigs to establish and solidify their reputations.

I’d definitely give it 4 out of 5 stars. Each half of the film clocks in at about 39 minutes. B-Movie/Cult Status for sure. Certainly something for a dark and stormy night. The film isn’t rated but it’s definitely something for mature audiences only. If The Resonator:Miskonic-U is the kind of product we can expect to see more of, i’d venture to guess their streaming service is definitely going to do well.

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