Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sure Thing

The Resurrected (1992)
directed by Dan O'Bannon
rating: 3 out of 5 cravats
on DVD from Netflix

As co-author, at least, of the famous introduction to the greatest song ever written for a movie soundtrack, Dan O'Bannon didn't need The Resurrected (or Alien, for that matter) to win my heart. Production costs may come and go, movies may limp into a pan-and-scan DVD, but there's nothing like the initial, glorious confusion of plunging your hero into darkness and forcing him to try and navigate a room. A floor becomes dangerous when people don't know where to step. Pits and the abominations inside of them segue from creepy to horrifying. Everything beneath the house that John March needs to find is so lovingly designed, so archaic, and so mesmerizing, that the small miracle of actually setting a Lovecraft adaptation in Providence (where the stories took place all along) fades behind the more basic pleasure of a good tale well told.