The Resurrected (1991 IMDb)

Viewing

Seen in 2016.

Categorization

Filming of HPL's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, written in 1927.

Subject

The 1918 part of the novel's plot is forward-ported to a private detective agency in the style of the novel's 1941 publication date, but in a contemporary (ca. 1991) setting with speaking parts for women. The 1771 part of the plot is left in place.

Commentary

Lax direction, editing and acting; only Chris Sarandon does any impressive work in front of the camera, and that only in bits. Awkward attempts at comedy, especially Lonnie and Holly listening at the door, and “Doctor Ash” trying out his goofy beard. The pacing is good and the animatronic effects work is passable, but the dungeon crawl feels contrived. The biggest problem is with the whole-hearted embrace of artificiality and theatricality—including a 555 number—rejecting a more naturalistic or faithful approach, seemingly out of hand. Lovecraft's original supernatural premisses are tweaked for cartoonish amounts of blood.

H. P. Lovecraft movie