What treats have you left untended in your wine cellar?
Nov 16, 2008
The Resurrected is loosely based on Lovecraft's "The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward", but you don't have to have read Lovecraft to enjoy this low budget thriller.
The acting is decent, with pretty Jane Sibbett as Claire and sexy Chris Sarandon as Charles, and even a decent performance from Robert Romanns (remember snakey Mike Damone from Fast Times At Ridgemont High?) as Lonnie Peck, detective John Marsh's partner.
While it follows the Lovecraftian basis of underlying fear and shadowy horror, there are enough chunky things in this broth to satisfy gore fans as well as thriller fans. The movie is a little slow to take off, setting up the background of Charles's odd behavior and midnight flesh deliveries, moving with slow but deliberate dread towards the culmination of Claire and John's expedition into the cellar of the old house.
While the monsters are a bit cheesy in appearance, they make up for it in the grotesquery of their creation; truly horrifyingly put together chucks of flesh, teeth and pudding, enough to make you hit that pause button in order to study it's deformities before vomiting.
The plot? Claire seeks the help of detective John Marsh to help her discover what her husband Charles has been up to. It seems Charles has isolated himself at his labs, taking strange deliveries at odd hours.
John discovers more than just a dedicated scientist, he discovers a madman who believes he has found the secret to immortality. The shipments Charles received were in part the old bones of men who were once considered wizards, and when John and Claire confront Charles they find that he is ill and strangely different.
The rest of the story will unfold on its own, very well filmed and laid out, with a creeping sense of "Uh-Oh" that will lead you eventually into Charles's cellar of atrocities. The use of flashlight-only photography in the cellar was marvelously done, adding the right dimension of terror and allowing the corners to fill their darkness with shuddering fear.
All and all, a B-horror movie well worth the price to purchase; I just wish they would release it on DVD. Enjoy!