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Shatterbrain (1991)
"The Resurrected" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  26 March 1993 (Brazil)
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Charles Dexter Ward's wife enlists the help of a private detective to find out what her husband is up to in a remote cabin owned by his family for centuries. The husband is a chemical ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John March
Claire Ward
Lonnie Peck
Laurie Briscoe ...
Holly Tender
Ken Camroux ...
Captain Ben Szandor
Patrick P. Pon ...
Raymond (as Patrick Pon)
Bernard Cuffling ...
Dr. Waite
J.B. Bivens ...
Third Orderly
Des Smiley ...
Eric Newton ...
Lucius Fenner
Tom Shorthouse ...
Gas Man
Jim Smith ...
Uniform Cop (as Philip Hayes)


Charles Dexter Ward's wife enlists the help of a private detective to find out what her husband is up to in a remote cabin owned by his family for centuries. The husband is a chemical engineer, and the smells from his experiments (and the delivery of what appear to be human remains at all hours) are beginning to arouse the attention of neighbors and local law enforcement officials. When the detective and wife find a diary of the husband's ancestor from 1771, and reports of gruesome murders in the area begin to surface, they begin to suspect that some very unnatural experiments are being conducted in the old house. Based on an H.P. Lovecraft story. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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Final film to be released by Scotti Brothers Pictures. See more »


In the beginning as John Terry's narrator is talking about his life in Providence, RI the helicopter (seen as a shadow in the flyover) is actually showing the city of Hartford, CT. See more »


Joseph Curwen: I should strip thy flesh from thy bones like a suckling pig, but because I am a madman, they would do nothing to me. Such are the customs of this enlightened century.
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Referenced in Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008) See more »

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Clive Barker Borrowed Hellraiser From H.P. Lovecraft's The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward.
21 September 2015 | by (Kenya) – See all my reviews

Simply put, an atmospheric horror masterpiece worthy of having been adapted from short epistolary novel (51,500 words) by H. P. Lovecraft in 1927.

The novel, set in 1918, describes how Charles Dexter Ward becomes obsessed with his distant ancestor, Joseph Curwen, an alleged wizard with unsavory habits. Ward physically resembles Curwen, and attempts to duplicate his ancestor's Qabalistic and alchemical feats. He eventually uses this knowledge to physically resurrect Curwen. Ward's doctor, Marinus Bicknell Willett, investigates Ward's activities and is horrified by what he finds.

This film closely follows the novel. Dan O Bannon who wrote the screenplay for Alien, and was co-screen writer for Total Recall 1990, Invaders from Mars 1986, Lifeforce 1985, directs this film superbly.

The most well known film personality is Christopher Sarandon, whereas the most known TV personality is John Terry. Robert Romanus is also a well known B-film actor who has starred in films like Fast Times at Ridgemont High(1982), Bad Medicine(1985) and Pulse(1988).

Plot: Claire Ward (Sibbett) hires private investigator John March (Terry) to look into the increasingly bizarre activities of her husband Charles Dexter Ward (Sarandon). Ward has become obsessed with the occult practices of raising the dead once practiced by his ancestor Joseph Curwen (Sarandon in a dual role). As the investigators dig deeper, they discover that Ward is performing a series of grisly experiments in an effort to actually resurrect his long-dead relative Curwen. Watch the film to find out what happens next...

Verdict: 10/10. Guaranteed to satisfy seasoned horror film enthusiasts. Beautiful background sound, photography and special effects. The director succeeds in creating an atmosphere of Lovecraftian horror. It becomes so apparent when I was watching the film, that had this film been released before Clive Barker's Hellraiser, many people would have given the acclaim that this film truly deserves. Suffice to say it is the best film made by the late Dan O Bannon(September 30, 1946 – December 17, 2009).

Movies based on H.P. Lovecraft: Re-Animator 1985, H.P. Lovecraft's: Necronomicon 1994, From Beyond 1986, Dagon 2001, Castle Freak 1995, The Call of Cthulhu 2005, The Unnamable 1988, The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter 1993.

There are many more films, I can't write down all of them. Just type: Films based one H.P. Lovecraft in Google search, and you will get a list.

Thanks for reading, live long and prosper.

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