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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
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Touki Bouki: The Journey of the Hyena
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
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The Resurrected (Dan O’Bannon, 1992)
Individual elements of The Resurrected are not especially impressive. The performances are underdeveloped, the script is direct but unsubtle, and the production values are obviously less than top-notch. Nonetheless, the movie exerts an atmospheric pull that is hard to resist. O’Bannon’s stages the action in a number of scenes in extremely dark settings (the abandoned farmhouse, an insane asylum, an underground catacomb) that go a long way toward suggesting a world of darkness that we seldom glimpse. By the time it starts introducing a series of unfathomable monsters to terrorize its cast, The Resurrected manages to establish a universe where the emergence of such horrors is both plausible and unsettling.
To be sure, The Resurrected has its flaws (many the result of its relatively low budget), but when one considers that it manages to be scarier than most horror films, it becomes tough to weigh them too heavily against the movie. Lovecraft’s work has been so consistently mishandled in its transfer to the screen that any time a movie even begins to approximate the existential feelings of terror that defined it, half the battle is won. Perhaps more than with any other genre, mood matters in a horror movie, and The Resurrected achieves the mood that it aims for, creating perfect fodder for nightmares.