The Resurrected

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This low-budget film from Alien scriptwriter Dan O'Bannon his first film since the 1985 zombie hit Return of the Living Dead is one of the more loyal adaptations of fantasy author H.P. Lovecraft, taking as its source the short story The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Set in Lovecraft's home town of Providence, Rhode Island, the story involves the investigations of hard-boiled private eye John Marsh John Terry into the mysterious activities of Charles Dexter Ward Chris Sarandon. It seems that Ward is becoming ...
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This low-budget film from Alien scriptwriter Dan O'Bannon his first film since the 1985 zombie hit Return of the Living Dead is one of the more loyal adaptations of fantasy author H.P. Lovecraft, taking as its source the short story The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Set in Lovecraft's home town of Providence, Rhode Island, the story involves the investigations of hard-boiled private eye John Marsh John Terry into the mysterious activities of Charles Dexter Ward Chris Sarandon. It seems that Ward is becoming increasingly obsessed with the occult practices of his distant ancestor Joseph Curwen also played by Sarandon who was reputed to have found the secret of resurrecting the dead. Much to the horror of his wife Claire Jane Sibbett, Ward is slowly being possessed by Curwen's malevolent spirit, and he is compelled to perform horrible experiments on the locals in pursuit of his goal.
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Though this low-budget effort directed by Alien screenwriter Dan O'Bannon was released direct-to-video, it is actually an underrated horror gem that is arguably one of the best adaptations of an H.P. Lovecraft story. The Resurrected succeeds in large part because of its strong source material, but the grisly makeup effects from Todd Masters cannot be shortchanged. In fact, this film is a perfect example of one that might have failed had CGI effects been used. Based on Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (filmed in 1963 by Roger Corman as The Haunted Palace), the film follows the book in a modern setting, but O'Bannon smartly leaves some of the author's macabre mayhem unseen. This was obviously due to budgetary restraints, but it works in favor of the picture since too many cheap monsters would have lessened the effects of the ones that are shown. If only there were special effects that could have been used to improve the performances. Chris Sarandon (Fright Night, The Sentinel) is the best of a bad batch giving Charles Dexter Ward (aka Joseph Curwen) the requisite madness his character requires. But Jane Sibbett and John Terry are both weak in underwhelming roles while Robert Romanus (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) doesn't have enough screen time to give his character any impact -- at least not until he gets devoured offscreen. Acting aside, The Resurrected is notable for its strong technical work with particular praise deserved for the ominous sets and lighting. One sequence in which the characters discover a catacomb-like underground lair in Ward's house is outstanding.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • UPC: 012236182016
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Terry John March
Jane Sibbett Claire Ward
Chris Sarandon Charles Dexter Ward
Richard Romanus Lonnie Peck
Laurie Briscoe Holly Tender
Ken Cameroux Captain Ben Azandor
Patrick Pon Raymond
Bernard Cuffling Doctor Waite
Charles Kristian Ezra Ward
Megan Leitch Eliza
Deep Roy Main Monster
Technical Credits
Dan O'Bannon Director
Martin Allen Screenwriter
Roy Alon Stunts
Mark Borde Producer
Tom Bradshaw Executive Producer
Chris Burke Production Designer
Doug Byggdin Art Director
Kathy Ducker Makeup
Brent V. Friedman Screenwriter
Tudor George Costumes/Costume Designer
Irv Goodnoff Cinematographer
Adrian Hughes Co-producer
John Keane Score Composer
Russell Livingstone Editor
Todd Masters Special Effects
Tara Prem Co-producer
Dan Rae Editor
Kenneth M. Raich Producer
Richard H. Band Score Composer
Tony Scotti Executive Producer, Producer
Ivan Strasburg Cinematographer
Brent Thomas Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Resurrected
1. Beginning [5:06]
2. Providence [7:16]
3. Smells Like Death [7:46]
4. Genealogies [7:20]
5. Nightmares [5:28]
6. The Truth [10:33]
7. Intervention [4:44]
8. Black Art [12:25]
9. The Catacombs [11:22]
10. The Formula [15:19]
11. Dr. Ash [13:46]
12. Credits [4:00]
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