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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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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 single scariest movie seen as a youth.
15 July 2004 | by (The Dalles, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I was able to view this film in Pattonville Germany, in the theater on post. I was 13 or 14 years old at the time. It was a matinée and cost a whole thirty-five cents to see.

This movie is the standard I use to base any and all horror films on, it still gives me the shivers.

It has only been some 30 years ago but I remember the line of the witness when the movie opened when the bus?/truck screeches over the old man, MY GOD HE'S STILL ALIVE the guy says as the guinea pig runs across the screen to the left.

My memory of the asphyx being caught in the light, and the noise of the thing screeching, the man they were hanging was moving around and twitching on the end of the rope, still just freaks me out.


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