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The Resurrected (1991)

John Terry , Jane Sibbett , Dan O'Bannon  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Terry, Jane Sibbett, Chris Sarandon, Robert Romanus, Laurie Briscoe
  • Directors: Dan O'Bannon
  • Writers: Brent V. Friedman, H.P. Lovecraft
  • Producers: Kenneth Raich, Mark Borde, Shayne Sawyer, Tom Bradshaw, Tony Scotti
  • Format: Dolby, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A6T1ZO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,670 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Resurrected" on IMDb

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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.

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A worthy, creepy adaptation. March 30, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
H. P. Lovecraft called this story The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and it remains one of the creepiest stories I have ever read. It is not action packed like most of today's films; it is more of a horror that plays in your mind when you relax and try to go to sleep or something.
Dan O'Bannon's The Resurrected is only a little less successful than the story. It is probably the best Lovecraft adaptation I have yet seen, with some really disturbing images and ambiance.
The film is about a man who finds the journals of an old ancestor and is drawn into continuing his occult delvings. His wife comes to a private detective (modern trappings of the screenwriters) with the strange tale of her husband's obsessive studies at an old farm near the Pawtuxet river. She wants to know why he has moved out less than a year into their marriage and why he gets huge quantities of meat and blood delivered so often.
The detective and his associate delve into the mystery, and that is when the film becomes very effective and haunting. It seems that Charles Ward found the writings of an ancient and reviled ancestor Joseph Curwen, who was burned at his farm by the townspeople for practising witchcraft. The atmosphere of Lovecraft's story is strong in the recounting of Curwen's tale through the writings of a local witness to the burning. He described strange events near the farm, strange sounds at night. Also, during one year's heavy spring flooding, horrible, malformed but vaguely human things were washed out of the riverbank near the farm.
The detective goes out to see Ward, who has a new companion named Dr. Ash that wears many bandages on his face. Of course, he finds nothing until later. Underneath the house is a chamber of horrors that also captures some of the genuine chills of the story.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the truest Lovecraft adaptations available October 3, 1999
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There are three films I consider to be somewhat true to Lovecraft. This is one, the Re-animator series comprises the other two. While all of these films diverge from Lovecraft's actual stories they all contain strong elements from his original stories that make them relatively good adaptations. The srongest thing about The Resurrected is that while the story has been modernized, as were the Re-animator films, the producers didn't add gratuitous sex to the story just to attract viewers. The Resurrected is strong enough to stand without that. If you want a look at how Lovecraft's work should be treated on film, look no further.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you to all February 16, 2009
I am the original producer of The Resurrected. I wanted to take a minute to thank all of you who took the time to write such wonderful reviews of our film. There are great stories about the production and the eventual marketing and promotion and distribution (or lack therof). We put years into making the film from inception to finish and we are very sad that only the bare bones DVD exists. If anyone wants the whole story, feel free to write me at

Thanks again, it is very satisfying to read positve comments. Cheers.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alchemy and the First Test-Tube Babies! November 8, 2003
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When your husband goes a little mad and starts doing experiments in private, first leading you to believe that something grand is happening and then ordering you not to keep tabs on him and the estranged people he's now dealing with, what do you do? While most people would choose "get the hell out of Dodge" for 500 and would be correct in doing so, this story instead revolves around the not-so-bright outlooks spawned by love and a private investigator being brought into the fray to find out what's going on. This action is good because I'm not involved, too, eventually leading to interesting playgrounds in the lands of "what's that smell," "what is that moving in that pit," and "look at this book I found explaining the dark past," giving one ocular candy on which to feed.
While many haven't really liked this adaptation of The Case of Charlie Dexter Ward, I find it to be a really nice watch and like to summon it to my VHS player when I need something to entertain me. Part of the reason I can say that is because it is a fair adaptation of Lovecraftian thought, but that it doesn't try to retain everything Lovecraftian. It instead captures the needed portions, the atmosphere and the alchemy, the darkness and the "less is more" approach that leave haunting little shadows staring at its viewer, and it feeds the imagination. Another reason it is worth tasting is because it also leads the viewer forward, tempting them to keep going in order to unravel the mystery of what has happened, and then it suddenly pays off in a flashback to the "grotesque of the past" and a fast-forward to "the hideousness still thriving today.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The benchmark of Lovecraft inspired films December 15, 1998
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While most of the other films that claim "inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft" are trash, this one delivers. Loosely based on "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", it follows a private detective as he looks into the peculiar activities of young and wealthy Charles Dexter Ward. While it makes no mention of the Mythos directly, it does capture much of the feel of HPL's novelette by the same title.
This film is well-directed and despite what was certainly a modest budget, contains acceptable special effects when needed. The acting is solid, if not exactly inspiring.
All-in-all this is a good movie. It sets a benchmark for quality in HPL inspired films that anyone else considering making one should watch first and learn from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasant surprise! Good gore and a story that kept me curious...
What a pleasant surprise! Good gore, a story that kept me curious and odd creature-effects outweighed the blaring acting and film-adapted writing flaws. Fans of gore and H. P. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John's Horror Corner
4.0 out of 5 stars H.P Lovecraft at his best !!
Chris Sarandon plays his normal "EVIL" self in the Lovecraft production based on his "Curious case of Charles Dexter Ward". Read more
Published on July 14, 2012 by James R. Lawss
3.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked gem for O'Bannon fans, others can probably miss.
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Published on February 15, 2012 by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Lovecraft Movie!
When I first saw this movie on VHS years ago, I was stunned. Being a huge Lovecraft fan I'm weary of any movie that is Lovecraft inspired. Read more
Published on July 6, 2011 by Dagon Rising
5.0 out of 5 stars Possible Remake of a Vincent Price Movie
I saw this movie tonight on TV and noticed immediately the names Charles Dexter Ward and Cerkwin were actualy the names of the charter Vincent Price protrayed in the movie HAUNTED... Read more
Published on May 24, 2011 by BAT
3.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE... CRAPPY DVD EDITION... UGH
This DVD so misrepresents a wide screen movie... It's in 4:3 aspect ratio. It also suffers from some cut scenes that should be restored in a Director's Cut... Great movie... Read more
Published on May 4, 2011 by R. J. Gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good updating of Lovecraft
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Published on June 20, 2009 by James Seger
4.0 out of 5 stars The Closest Thing to Lovecraft Directing...
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Published on June 18, 2009 by clicclic
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