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The Asphyx (1973)

PG  |   |  Sci-Fi, Horror  |  February 1973 (USA)
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English country squire Sir Hugo Cunningham searches for immortality by literally 'bottling up' the Spirit of the Dead, or Asphyx.

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Sir Hugo Cunningham
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Giles Cunningham
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Christina Cunningham
Alex Scott ...
Sir Edward Barrett
Ralph Arliss ...
Clive Cunningham
Fiona Walker ...
Anna Wheatley
Terry Scully ...
Pauper
John Lawrence ...
Mason
David Grey ...
Vicar
Tony Caunter ...
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Paul Bacon ...
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Hugo is a brilliant turn-of-the-century scientist-loved and respected by his family and friends, admired by his colleagues. But he is a man quickly becoming obsessed with a curious and frightening question... what is the mysterious apparition found in the photographs of his dying subjects? Hugo brings to a family boating party his newest invention-a motion picture camera. The party quickly turns into a disaster as he captures on film the tragic drowning of his wife and son. When the film is replayed later, the same ghostlike presence appears. It flies towards his son, and vanishes inside his dying body. Has Hugo discovered The Asphyx, the spirit of the dead described in Greek mythology? A spirit which lives in constant agony, not finding rest until it takes possession of a human body? Could the spirit, if captured, become the key to immortality? Hugo is compelled to find the answers. It is a ghoulish search, with eternally haunting results. Written by James C. Allen <spgcs@bellsouth.net>

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This circle of light is the difference between life and immortality. See more »

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The main credits state that the film's soundtrack was recorded using a 4-channel quadraphonic sound system. Sadly, there appears to be no evidence of it ever being exhibited in this manner. See more »

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Sir Hugo Cunningham: I obey God's will, my friend, my old friend, my eternal and everlasting friend...
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Very well made,classy and EXCELLENT flick.
11 March 2001 | by (Chicago USA) – See all my reviews

I have just seen The Asphyx couple days ago and must say that I was very impressed by it's classiness. Very well made with great acting and quite simply a superb and original premise for a horror/sci-fi movie.Plenty of drama and sorrow in this one.I have the DVD version of this movie and it will not have to worry about collecting dust in my house as I await another viewing already! Very cool movie.RATING 9 out of 10.


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