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The Asphyx (1973)

 -  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
Jane Lapotaire ...
Christina Cunningham
Alex Scott ...
Sir Edward Barrett
Ralph Arliss ...
Clive Cunningham
Fiona Walker ...
Anna Wheatley
Terry Scully ...
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John Lawrence ...
Mason
David Grey ...
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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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If It Were In Your Power...Would You Sacrifice Your Wife...Your Children For Immortality? This Is The Story Of A Man Who Did! 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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The asphyx sure has a creepy scream
5 June 2000 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Wanna be immortal by capturing your asphyx in a light beam? Wait till you watch this film and hear how it shrieks and screams; then see what can go wrong when you become obsessed with immortality. Then think again. But check out this film. On the back of the DVD cover, some critic called it "the thinking man's horror film". It wasn't necessarily that thought provoking but it does make you think by making you ask yourself the question "what would you do if you were in his shoes?"


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