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Shatterbrain (1991)

The Resurrected (original title)
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.

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Cast

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John March
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Claire Ward
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Lonnie Peck
Laurie Briscoe ...
Holly Tender
Ken Camroux-Taylor ...
Captain Ben Szandor (as Ken Camroux)
Patrick P. Pon ...
Raymond (as Patrick Pon)
Bernard Cuffling ...
Dr. Waite
J.B. Bivens ...
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Third Orderly
Des Smiley ...
Janitor
Eric Newton ...
Lucius Fenner
Tom Shorthouse ...
Gas Man
Jim Smith ...
Butcher
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Uniform Cop (as Philip Hayes)
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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 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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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26 March 1993 (Brazil)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Although never released in theaters or on VHS in Australia, the film occasionally appears on late night TV and Cable Television. See more »

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When Claire Ward first visits John March, she sits in his office, and we can see Holly the receptionist's desk behind Claire through the glass wall. The first time we see this shot, there is someone who is not Holly behind the desk. The next time we see the shot, Holly is at her desk, but talking to someone, although as far as we know, no one else is there. See more »

Quotes

Claire Ward: [looking into the bag of explosives] This is it?
John March: There are enough explosives in there to give Mount Rushmore a headache.
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Version of La marca del muerto (1961) See more »

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Best adaptation of the Case of Charles Dexter Ward
13 May 2004 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is a must see, IF you've read the story and like it, and IF you've seen the other adaptation, "The Haunted Palace" with Vincent Price. Sure, this story is a bit different than the book. It's set in the modern day, and Charles Ward is a well-paid chemist at Belmar Cosmetics, not a young antiquarian débutante. And instead of Doctor Willet being the principle investigator, John Marsh P.I. is (nice nod to the Innsmouth stories with that last name).

Aside from those differences necessary to bring this into the modern day, and aside from a very slight difference in how Joseph Curwen is ultimately dealt with, this follows the story in the book. It's all there: the portrait, the neighbor Fenner, the house in Pawtucket, and of course the underground labs of J.C. Curwen. There are story sequences set in Colonial times to build the story as well, and they are nicely done. But the real crowning glory of this movie is the sets they built for Curwens underground lab. They are MARVELOUS. Everything is there: the sanity blasting carvings, the "mistakes and screw-ups" raised from Imperfect salts, and the jars of Materia.

I highly recommend this movie. I'm still treasuring my copy on Laser Disk and hoping that it someday comes out on DVD. Production is top notch, as is the music and of course the story.


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