The Resurrected

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The Resurrected
Video cover
Directed by Dan O'Bannon
Produced by Mark Borde
Kenneth Raich
Written by Brent V. Friedman
Starring John Terry
Jane Sibbett
Chris Sarandon
Robert Romanus
Cinematography Irv Goodnoff
Edited by Russell Livingstone
Distributed by Scotti Bros. Pictures
Live Home Video
Lionsgate (DVD, 2005)
Release dates
United States 1992
Running time
108 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $5,000,000 est.

The Resurrected (aka Shatterbrain) is a 1992 horror film, released direct to video. It was directed by Dan O'Bannon and starred John Terry, Jane Sibbett, Chris Sarandon and Robert Romanus. It is an adaptation of the H. P. Lovecraft novella The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.


Claire Ward (Sibbett) hires private investigator John March (Terry) to look into the increasingly bizarre activities of her husband Charles Dexter Ward (Sarandon). Ward has become obsessed with the occult practices of raising the dead once practiced by his ancestor Joseph Curwen (Sarandon in a dual role). As the investigators dig deeper, they discover that Ward is performing a series of grisly experiments in an effort to actually resurrect his long-dead relative Curwen.


Production history[edit]

Director O'Bannon and screenwriter Brent V. Friedman had both developed the Lovecraft property over the years, independent of each other. While Friedman receives sole writing credit, O'Bannon did incorporate some of his own ideas into the project.

Critical reception[edit]

In their book Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H. P. Lovecraft, Andrew Migliore and John Strysik write: "The Resurrected is the best serious Lovecraftian screen adaptation to date, with a solid cast, decent script, inventive direction, and excellent special effects that do justice to one of [Lovecraft's] darker tales."[1]


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