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Dan O’Bannon’s Lovecraft Adaptation ‘The Resurrected’ Gets Scream Factory Treatment

Death used to be the end…

Six years after he directed The Return of the Living Dead, Dan O’Bannon (Alien) adapted the work of H.P. Lovecraft for 1991 gem The Resurrected. Based on Lovecraft’s “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward,” it was the late O’Bannon’s second and final film as a director, and it’s coming to Blu-ray via Scream Factory.

Detailed over on Facebook today, the Blu-ray will arrive on September 12.

In the film, starring Chris Sarandon, Jane Sibbett and John Terry…

“Since the beginning of time, man has struggled with death. Now Charles Dexter Ward, a wealthy scientist, may have found a way to beat it. Using an ancient diary and human remains, Ward begins a terrifying and bloody pursuit for immortality. By the time his wife Claire hires private investigator John March to halt the horrible experiments, it’s too late … the dead have been resurrected!”

Bonus features are as follows:

  • NEW 2K transfer from the film’s vaulted interpositive film element
  • NEW Claire’s Conundrum – an interview with actress Jane Sibbett
  • NEW The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward – an interview with S.T. Joshi, author of I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft
  • Audio Commentary with producers Mark Borde and Kenneth Raich, screenwriter Brent V. Friedman, actor Richard Romanus and make-up effects artist Todd Masters
  • The Resurrected Man – an interview with Chris Sarandon
  • Abominations & Adaptations – an interview with screenwriter Brent Friedman
  • Grotesque Melodies – an interview with composer Richard Band
  • Lovecraftian Landscapes – an interview with production designer Brent Thomas
  • Human Experiments – an interview with special effects artist Todd Masters
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes from the workprint
  • Home Video Trailer & Japanese Trailer
  • Photo Gallery

Pre-order The Resurrected from Scream Factory to get it two weeks early.



  • Cliff Gardiner

    Dan O’Bannon is one of my all time heroes. He went to film school with the likes of George Lucas only his parents weren’t rich so rather than get to direct he turned to writing.
    The Return Of The Living Dead is one of my personal favorites. I watch it annually in October. No Month O’ Halloween is complete without it.
    “You have no pulse, your blood pressure’s zero-over-zero, you have no papillary response, no reflexes and your temperature is 70 degrees.”
    “Well, what does that mean?”
    “Well, it’s a puzzle because, technically, you’re not alive. Except you’re conscious, so we don’t know what it means.”
    “Are you saying we’re dead?”
    “Well, let’s not jump to conclusions.”
    So The Return Of The Living Dead and The Resurrected are the only two films he got to direct.
    I can’t wait to get this Blu Ray, I wish he’d been able to direct more movies!
    He did write a few movies most have heard of…Oh, you know:
    Dark Star
    Alien~ that’s right I said ALIEN
    Blue Thunder
    Lifeforce~omg don’t get me started on this one. I love this movie so much..hmm maybe because of Matilda May, ooh just thinking of her waltzing around nekkid gives me the shivers!
    Invaders from Mars
    you get the idea.
    He left this mortal coil in 2009. Which sucks, cuz I know he would have continued to thrill us all with great creations, and maybe even gotten his true chance to be a full time director.

  • Elizabeth

    It’s about time. You can’t stream this anywhere except pirated on YouTube.

  • Flyingguillotine

    Chris Sarandon is fantastic in this.

  • Grimphantom

    Ok, i never heard of this movie until freaking now!!!! I do feel someone is going back thru time and make these movies!

    Dan O’Bannon +Chris Sarandon+Lovecraft= Epic!

    • Robert Goode

      IMHO it’s one of the best Lovecraft adaptions.

    • Eric

      I concur.
      I remember specifically looking for anything else directed by O’Bannon because I loved “Return of the Living Dead” so much and to my recollection there was nothing unless you count half completed never released works and whatnot like so many Orson Wells’ projects. I never heard of this film before today and I looked for anything like it.

      • Grimphantom

        I just feel that O’ Bannon no matter how crazy and annoying he was on directing RotLD everyone concurred he did an amazing job as the director which you don’t see others doing that anymore.

        If Alex Kurtzman had the freaking balls to make The Mummy his own instead of having Cruise intervene, he could’ve done it his own way, probably not as good but at least he can call it his movie but he’s no Dan.

  • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

    By some coincidence I was just watching Dan O’Bannon’s final interview yesterday. He actually hated the final cut of The Resurrected because the producers edited it into something he didn’t want. Maybe the workprint scenes will clear some of this up. Still a great little movie. That sequence in the underground laboratory is seriously creepy and Sarandon is on top form.

    • Ocelot006 .

      Let’s face it….Dan O Bannon was never happy about anything.

      • Eric


        O’ Bannon was talented and insightful but just like Harlan Ellison (Who’s the exact same way if not worse) he was a contrarian through and through and if he ever had a happy day in his entire life he hid it amazingly well!

  • How is it that this one escaped my radar? I need to watch it!

    • It’s fun with plenty of goopy effects work.

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