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The Resurrected (1991)

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.

Director:

Dan O'Bannon

Writers:

H.P. Lovecraft (story "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward"), Brent V. Friedman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Terry ... John March
Jane Sibbett ... Claire Ward
Chris Sarandon ... Charles Dexter Ward / Joseph Curwen
Robert Romanus ... Lonnie Peck
Laurie Briscoe Laurie Briscoe ... Holly Tender
Ken Camroux-Taylor ... Captain Ben Szandor (as Ken Camroux)
Patrick P. Pon Patrick P. Pon ... Raymond (as Patrick Pon)
Bernard Cuffling ... Dr. Waite
J.B. Bivens ... Station Orderly 1
Robert Sidley Robert Sidley ... Third Orderly
Des Smiley Des Smiley ... Janitor
Eric Newton Eric Newton ... Lucius Fenner
Tom Shorthouse Tom Shorthouse ... Gas Man
Jim Smith Jim Smith ... Butcher
Philip Maurice Hayes ... Uniform Cop (as Philip Hayes)
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Storyline

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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Death used to be the end. Now it's only the beginning...

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1993 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Shatterbrain See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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Alternate Versions

Director Dan O'Bannon's original cut ran over two hours and was subsequently edited down by the film's producers. The recent Blu-ray collector's edition of the film released in Germany by OFDb Filmworks contains a work print cut that runs 2 hours and 17 minutes. Additional scenes include a longer introduction of John March and Lonnie Peck, extended and new dream sequences, and a romantic encounter between March and Claire Ward. See more »

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An objective opinion
22 July 2016 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

"The Resurrected," based on Lovecraft's story "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," focuses on a Rhode Island P.I. who one day is contacted by the wife of a chemist. She expresses concern over her husband's erratic behavior, which has led to him isolating himself at his remote family estate, where he has been suspected by locals of grave robbing and performing disturbing experiments with human body parts. What they discover is all that and more.

Given that I am not familiar with H.P. Lovecraft, nor am I familiar with director Dan O'Bannon's work or other Lovecraft adaptations, I feel I have a fairly objective opinion to offer here. It seems that the user reviews largely reflect the reactions of (mostly) big Lovecraft fans. From my knowledge, "The Resurrected" essentially takes the premise of the Lovecraft story and situates it in the twentieth century, and more or less is consistent with the story's framework.

The film's beginning is rather dull, and I wondered what I was getting myself into; a drab, single-take shot of Jane Sibbett and John Terry in a very nineties-decor office gave the affect of a cheap television movie—and in all honesty, much of the film does in fact feel like that, from the unimaginative cinematography to the poor editing and sometimes awkward performances. That said, if you stick with the film, it does get progressively interesting and progressively weird.

The final thirty minutes are what really cemented my enjoyment of the film, where it becomes a sort of "Indiana Jones"-esque horror film, and the filmmakers seem to step up their game in terms of the camera-work and atmosphere. The special effects are in some respects dated, but in others look passable by today's standards. The acting, as I said, is a bit of a hodgepodge, with Chris Sarandon overacting at times; John Terry is only mildly likable as the lead detective, and Jane Sibbett ranges from bad to quite good. Robert Romanus has a memorable part as the P.I.'s chain-smoking sidekick. The final showdown is well-handled, though the voiceovers from Terry that conclude the film (and which are present throughout) leave a bit to be desired.

Overall, "The Resurrected" is a pretty decent horror flick. It definitely has the look and feel of a low-budget television movie at times, but it also manages to be atmospheric and quite a lot of fun once its wheels get turning. If the first twenty minutes of early-nineties aesthetic overload is too much, I'd urge you stick with it, as it really starts to demand one's attention about a quarter of the way through. It is not a flawless film by any stretch of the imagination, but it is commendably dark and compelling. 6/10.


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