When director Taylor Chien stumbled across the remnants of an overgrown, abandoned hotel in Hawaii, he just knew a horror film was waiting to be made on this location. After digging into its past, and hearing tales of the building being haunted from the locals, the idea for a feature began to materialise. But it was a race against time to shoot as the structure was set to be demolished.

Some blood, sweat and tears later came The Resort, a retro-style teen scary movie following four friends who go on adventure to the island to investigate the legend of the half-face girl – and get more than they bargained for.

We had a chat with Chien about how discovering the genuinely spooky spot of the abandoned hotel in Hawaii inspired him to make a horror picture; how filming it in it dark rooms and hallways itself had its challenging and freaky moments; and how he hopes viewers won’t take the piece too seriously but sit back and enjoy the ride.

By Sarah Bradbury. First published on The Upcoming on 6th May 2021.

The Resort is available on Sky Store, Virgin, iTunes, Amazon, Microsoft Store, Google Play and Chili as well as https://watchtheresortmovie.com.

Watch the trailer for The Resort here: