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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 Ken Camroux-Taylor ... Captain Ben Szandor (as Ken Camroux)
Patrick P. Pon Patrick P. Pon ... Raymond (as Patrick Pon)
Bernard Cuffling Bernard Cuffling ... Dr. Waite
J.B. Bivens J.B. Bivens ... Station Orderly 1
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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »

Goofs

All of the characters pronounce "Pawtuxet" incorrectly. In Rhode Island, any location prefaced with "Paw" has the emphasis on the second syllable, e.g., pawTUCket and pawTUXet. See more »

Quotes

Claire Ward: Maybe it's time we went to the police.
John March: And tell them what? That Charles is making monsters in the farmhouse?
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Version of La marca del muerto (1961) See more »

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weak effort looks more like a TV movie
3 May 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Private investigator John March (John Terry) recounts the closed case of Charles Dexter Ward (Chris Sarandon) starting from 3 weeks ago in Providence. Ward's wife Claire (Jane Sibbett) hires March to investigate her chemical engineer husband and some strange smells. There is a mysterious Dr. Ash. Ward is researching the occult and raising the dead practiced by his ancestor Joseph Curwen.

Dan O'Bannon lacks a visual eye for directing. His legendary status has little to do with that. It's not his strong suit. This looks more like a weak TV movie shot by the second unit. The H.P. Lovecraft story has some potential but the script doesn't add much. The dialog is stale. John Terry is not a particularly good lead. There is nothing scary or too grotesque. The pacing is slow. There is little tension. It's not horrible but it's not good either.


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