John March

Created by Brent V. Friedman
Based (loosely) on characters created by H.P. Lovecraft

"I think you've found a way to live forever. But it's... messy."

-- John March

Whackadoo scientist Charles Dexter Ward seems to always to tinkering away at something or another in his remote "cabin," a Victorian mansion which has been in the family for generations. But the odd smells, the secretive nature of his experiments and the delivery of what appears to be human remains at all hours of the night are beginning to alarm the neighbours, the local cops -- and his wife, Claire.

So she hires JOHN MARCH, a hard-boiled private detective (complete with trenchcoat and fedora), to find out what her husband's up to.

No good, it turns out.

That's the scenario that plays out in The Resurrected (1991) a campy but quite effective slice of cinematic horror gore, loosely based on "The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward," an H.P. Lovecraft short story.

Despite the modern trappings and a few tweaks, this film is generally considered by horror fans to be superior -- and more faithful to the original source material -- than the previous adaptation, The Haunted Palace (1963), which starred Vincent Price and Lon Chaney Jr., and was directed by Roger Corman, although in that one the detective is not a private eye, but the Wards' suspicious family physician, Dr. Marinus Bicknell Willett.

THE EVIDENCE (Contains spoilers!)

  • "There are enough explosives in there to give Mount Rushmore a headache."

-- John Marsh

  • Claire: Maybe it's time we went to the police.
    March: And tell them what? That Charles is making monsters in the farmhouse?

  • "I should strip thy flesh from thy bones like a suckling pig, but because I am a madman, they would do nothing to me. Such are the customs of this enlightened century."

-- Charles


  • "The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward" (May-June 1941, Weird Tales)


  • THE RESURRECTED .. Buy this DVD!
    (aka "Shatterbrain")
    (1991, Scotti Bros./Borde/Raich)
    Written by Brent V. Friedman
    Based on
    "The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward," a short story by H.P. Lovecraft
    Directed by
    Dan O'Bannion
    Starring John Terry as JOHN MARCH
    With Jane Sibbett as Claire Ward
    and Chris Sarandon as Charles Dexter Ward
    Also starring Robert Romanus, Laurie Briscoe, Ken Camroux, Patrick Pon, Bernard Cuffling, J.B. Bivens, Robert Sidley, Des Smiley, Eric Newton, Tom Shorthouse, Jim Smith

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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