Rebecca Hall Is Ready For A Wild Ride In Horror Tale ‘Resurrection’

Can we really recover from emotional and physical abuse?

That’s a key question for Rebecca Hall’s troubled and tormented Margaret in the full-throttle horror that is “Resurrection.”

The Margaret we first meet is a super capable working woman, a single mother with a teenage daughter, whose life is horribly turned upside down by the reappearance of a man from her distant past.

From the moment she sees David Wolf (Tim Roth), Margaret loses control of herself. Where Margaret goes and what happens is, to put it mildly, strangely crazy.

“I felt like, as outrageous as it is, this is a very specifically cinematic experience,” Hall, 40, offered in a Zoom interview. “It also seemed a bit mythical to me, on a level with old primal stories that have hugely outlandish twists to somehow express the sometimes extreme nature of human emotion.

“I just felt,” he continued, “this is exciting and can potentially put people in this place where they’re really going through something.

“They’re going to have a smooth ride and they’re going to go out and some people are going to like it. Some people are not. But nobody is going to forget that. And everyone is going to talk.”

Margaret’s fierceness and volatility make her more than a little terrifying and always surprising.

“I thought of her in terms of this old lioness character,” said Hall. “If you take away everything else, there is this ultimate revenge of hers, which is as old as storytelling. And she also has that quality of a motherly lioness that is super interesting.

“Of course, we are dealing with very real issues in our culture: cheating, abuse.”

With Wolf 22 years earlier, when Margaret was just 18, “She was in a cult of one. Certainly, many people have been in an abusive relationship, but what bothered me was that I felt there was an exploration of something more universal, which has to do with having a child.

“When you have a child, there are all the wonderful things,” said this married mother of a 4-year-old, “but there is also something else that is born inside a parent that you didn’t have before the child was born. Which is kind of existential terror. I have to take care of them! I have to keep them safe!

“Every minute of every day, there’s a little part of you as a mom that thinks: Are they okay? Will they be okay?

“In a way, this story takes our emotion and then takes it to the most extreme version. I think that’s what’s interesting about it.”


“Resurrection” opens on Friday.

Tim Roth and Rebecca Hall in “Resurrection.” (Photo courtesy of IFC Films)

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