Resurrection Man (film)

Resurrection Man
Directed by Marc Evans
Produced by
Written by Eoin McNamee
Music by David Holmes
Release dates
  • 13 February 1998 (1998-02-13) (UK)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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.[1]


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".[2][3] 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.[4]


  1. Donnelly, K.J. The media and the tourist imagination: converging cultures.
  2. Baker, Stephen (2004) Vampire Troubles: Loyalism and Resurrection Man. In: Keeping it real: themes and issues in Irish film and television. (Eds: Barton, Ruth and O'Brien, Harvey), Wallflower, pp. 78–86. ISBN 978-1-903364-94-9
  3. Barton, Ruth (2004). Irish national cinema. Psychology Press. ISBN 0-415-27895-3.
  4. Biography: Stuart Townsend, Talk Talk.
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