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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally intended for a theatrical release, but ended up going straight to video. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning at 12:27 when the shot scene was at the office john called his Receptionist by name as (polly) , but at 34 when he wakes up in his office, he called her as (holly) the correct name. 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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This movie is WORTH SEEING.
9 December 2004 | by otto4See all my reviews

There is one other film I know of which is based on Lovecrafts "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", and that is the old Roger Corman movie "Edgar Allen Poe's The Haunted Palace", with Vincent Price as Joseph Curwen and Charles Ward. But The Resurrected is by far the most accurate movie about this story, which is damning it with faint praise.

The Resurrected is set in the modern day and Charles Ward is the head chemist at Belmar Cosmetics. He's rich. He has a beautiful wife. He's Chris Sarandon. But his wife detects that Charles is having some problems and so enlists a detective from the Marsh Agency to investiate. If you like the Call of Cthulhu game as well as Lovecraft you'll recognise how this movie goes: the detective makes his Library Use roll, uses his paid source to get info, makes an initial foray into enemy territory, then eventually finds the deepest secrets of Charles Dexter Ward. Almost everything in the book is in the movie: the painting, the formula for re-animation, the essential saltes, the pits, the initial destruction of Curwen in Revolutionary War times. It's all here and with good acting, costuming, and set. Curwens secret abode is everything you'd expect after reading the book.

Simply put this movie is great. It and maybe one other movie are the reason I still have a Laserdisk player, as it's sadly not yet out on DVD.


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