The Torment, 2010 U.K. psychological horror film

Country: U.K.
Also known as: The Possession of David O’Reilly
Directed by: Andrew Cull (writer), Steve Isles
Horror themes: Paranoia, nightmares, hallucination, murder, intruders, supernatural creatures, possession

Based on "actual events," The Possession of David O-Reilly is a terrifying supernatural shockumentary about a demonic presence in a young couple’s London home.

Movie trailer: The Possession of David O’Reilly – YouTube

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Resources: The Torment, a.k.a. The Possession of David O’Reilly

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Originally written Monday, June 13, 2011

“Bombshells”: The House episode with a zombie horror sequence

Dr. House fights zombie versions of his staff in the House episode Bombshells“Bombshells” is the fifteenth episode of the seventh season of the American medical drama House, originally airing on March 7, 2011 – and part of it plays out like a classic horror movie.

“Bombshells” is one of the more creative and unique episodes of House that I’ve seen so far; however, I’m a recent House convert and haven’t been watching the show for more than a few months. As a horror fan, my favorite part of the episode was the nightmare sequence that had Dr. House fighting scary, rotting, cannibalistic, zombie versions of his medical staff at the teaching hospital in some sort of a nightmarish, post-apocalyptic setting. Dr. House even brandished a special axe version of his cane with its own retractable blade, which he handily used to decapitate the first zombie. Then he whipped out a shotgun component which transformed his cane into a functioning shotgun, which Dr. House then used to take care of the remaining zombies. Excellent!

Resources: “Bombshells” – The House episode with zombies

Dr. House fights zombie versions of his staff in the House episode Bombshells

The Resurrected, a.k.a. Shatterbrain: 1992 supernatural horror

Country: U.S.
Director: Dan O’BannonIMDb
Horror themes: Corpses, resurrection, occult, witchcraft, black magic, mad scientist, medical experiments, gore, madness/insanity

Synopsis of The Resurrected

movie poster - The Resurrected, 1992 supernatural horror movieCharles Dexter Ward’s (Chris Sarandon) wife, Claire Ward (Sibbett), hires private investigator John Marsh (Terry) to look into Charles’s increasingly bizarre scientific experiments. Charles, a chemical engineer for a cosmetics company, is coming under increasing suspicion from neighbors and local law enforcement officials because of his unusual behavior, the awful smells wafting from his property, as well as deliveries of what appear to be caskets, animal remains, and blood at odd hours. Charles has become obsessed with the occult practices of raising the dead once practiced by his ancestor Joseph Curwen (played by Chris Sarandon
in a dual role). As the investigators dig deeper, they discover that Ward is performing a series of grisly experiments in an effort to actually resurrect his long-dead relative Curwen. The Resurrected is based on the H.P. Lovecraft story The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

Thoughts on The Resurrected

The Resurrected, 1992 supernatural horror movieDan O’Bannon also directed The Return of the Living Dead. The Resurrected is a highly sought-after item for DVD collectors, with recent prices topping $50 for a DVD or even $90 for a VHS copy! Chris Sarandon is perhaps most celebrated in the horror universe for his portrayal of a vampire in Fright Night, the classic 1985 vampire flick. [ Fright Night reviews, DVD, downloads, & more at Amazon ]

Robert Romanus, another actor appearing in The Resurrected, will spark memories of Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

The Resurrected, 1992 supernatural horror movieIn some spots the special effects used in The Resurrected are similar to the special effects in The Return of the Living Dead; The Resurrected utilized a limited amount of stop motion animation. The quality of the special effects is rather mixed; some of the still-living resurrection mistakes are truly grotesque. Other effects are just plain bad, particularly the depiction of the large amounts of electrical energy occurring during the reanimation process.

The Resurrected is definitely worth a look for fans of the horror genre; one quality its relative uniqueness, as so many horror movies suffer from a complete lack of originality. The experiences in the dark catacombs under the country house are definitely memorable.

For a lot more information about The Resurrected, check out It was a pleasant surprise to find so much detail about a relatively obscure horror movie, including photos, video, trivia, viewer comments, and much more.

Resources: The Resurrected (1992), aka Shatterbrain

last watched Saturday, June 18, 2011