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

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  15 April 1992 (USA)
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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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John March
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Claire Ward
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Robert Romanus ...
Lonnie Peck
Laurie Briscoe ...
Holly Tender
Ken Camroux ...
Captain Ben Szandor
Patrick P. Pon ...
Raymond (as Patrick Pon)
Bernard Cuffling ...
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Des Smiley ...
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Eric Newton ...
Lucius Fenner
Tom Shorthouse ...
Gas Man
Jim Smith ...
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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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Final film to be released by Scotti Brothers Pictures. See more »

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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 »

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John March: I think you've found a way to live forever. But it's... messy.
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A great little horror gem!
19 July 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

THE RESURRECTED is one of the few horror films in the last 10 years to tackle the thorny prose of H.P. Lovecraft successfully. Although I have not seen DAGON (it was just classified R 18+ by the Aussie censors), the favourable press seems to put it in the same league as THE RESURRECTED.

It is a shame that this film has only been released theatrically and on laserdisc (which is what I have). It was also shown on Australian TV once, which is how I found out about it. Sadly the version in this circulation limbo appears to be cut in a number of places, but the shine of Dan O'Bannon's achievement remains untarnished.

Try to track down THE RESURRECTED. It is a terrific, serious attempt to bring difficult subject matter to the screen, kicking goals where others have failed, which is usually the result of film-makers being over-ambitious or tripping over their own intrusive, authorial presence. Let the story speak for itself, do not hire Jeffery Combs, splash some gore around, and generally be intelligent about it. Seems so easy to me - why should films like THE RESURRECTED be the exception and not the norm??

Forget plagaristic gunk like JEEPERS CREEPERS; THE RESURRECTED shows what is possible with some imagination and a deft hand.


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