The Resurrected (1991 film)

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The Resurrected AKA Shatterbrain (1991 film)


A Rhode Island private eye learns his client's husband is a latter-day sorcerer out to bring back the dead in this adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (fiction).


  • Release Date:
  • Country/Language: USA/Canada, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy
  • Runtime: 1 hr 48 min
  • Starring: John Terry, Jane Sibbett, Chris Sarandon, Robert Romanus
  • Director: Dan O'Bannon
  • Writer: H.P. Lovecraft
  • Producer/Production Co: MGM, Lionsgate
  • View Trailer: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SSs__ (Two and a Half Tentacles: Lovecraftian)

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • BadMovieMarathon "Summer of Lovecraft", (link) - "It’s OK. It just lacks the engaging characters it needs to maintain momentum when Curwen/Ward is offscreen. It’s definitely worth a bowl of popcorn on a rainy Sunday...."
  • Chris Coffel at Bloody Disgusting (3.5/5 Skulls) (link) - "Parts get a little clunky at times, but this is really nitpicking. Overall, The Resurrected is a very fun horror movie that any horror fan would absolutely love."
  • Christine Hadden at Behind the Couch (link) - As hard as it is to translate Lovecraft to film, The Resurrected does an admirable job with the source material and has enough grisly effects and horrifying subject matter to satisfy any fan of both Lovecraft and horror."
  • Joseph Howell at Talk of Horrors (8/10) (link) - "It might not be a stone cold classic, but "The Resurrected" is one of the more faithful Lovecraft adaptations, and is a must for fans of the author."
  • Mark Longden at The International Syndicate of Cult Film Critics (link) - "I really wanted to like this film. It has a great atmosphere, a strong cast, one of the all-time great Hollywood iconoclasts as director…but it just didn’t quite work. ...…although it’s only 100 minutes long, it feels a lot longer, and like so many of the Lovecraft-based films we’ve seen so far, it would have benefited enormously from being a TV special, like an hour-long episode of “HP Lovecraft Presents…” (which is fantastic idea, actually, I ought to try and sell it to a TV company)."
  • Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (3/5 Stars) (link). "The Resurrected lacks the energy and vigour that Dan O’Bannon displayed with Return of the Living Dead. ...O’Bannon eventually delivers the goods in a sequence where John Terry, Jane Sibbett and Richard Romanus venture by torchlight down into the catacombs beneath the Curwen home finding arcane diaries, partially raising something from the dead with a serum, encountering half-seen monstrosities in the dark and then the torch going out at the crucial moment..."


 Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)
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 used 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.

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