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The Asphyx
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February 1973 (USA) See more »
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Immortality ... what would you sacrifice for it? See more »
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English country squire Sir Hugo Cunningham searches for immortality by literally 'bottling up' the Spirit of the Dead, or Asphyx. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Stephens ... Sir Hugo Cunningham

Robert Powell ... Giles Cunningham
Jane Lapotaire ... 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 ... Warden
Paul Bacon ... 1st Member

Directed by
Peter Newbrook 
 
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Christina Beers  story
Laurence Beers  story
Brian Comport  writer

Produced by
John Brittany .... producer
Maxine Julius .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Bill McGuffie 
 
Cinematography by
Freddie Young 
 
Film Editing by
Maxine Julius 
 
Production Design by
John Stoll 
 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Taksen 
 
Costume Design by
Evelyn Gibbs 
 
Makeup Department
Jimmy Evans .... makeup artist
Stephanie Kaye .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Ted Sturgis .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roger Simons .... assistant director
Nigel Wooll .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Bond .... sound editor
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Bob Jones .... sound re-recordist
Ken Ritchie .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Ted Samuels .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Holden .... camera operator
Mike Roberts .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
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Ron Bareham .... production accountant
Phyllis Crocker .... continuity
 

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Also Known As:
"The Horror of Death" - UK (reissue title), USA
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99 min | USA:83 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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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...See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Classic 70's horror, 17 June 2008
Author: danny-418 from Reykjavík, Iceland

When The Asphyx was released in 1973, The Exorcist was about to change the landscape of horror forever, moving the genre away from subtlety and into the realm of graphic effects and makeup. That's one of the reasons why The Asphyx was a box-office flop, fondly remembered by a select few who never forgot this quirky little "thinking man's horror film" (as Variety called it), in which a 19th-century British philanthropist and amateur psychic researcher embarks on a fateful quest for immortality. Sir Hugo Cunningham (nicely played by Robert Stephens) has a morbid hobby of taking photographs of dying people, and this leads to his discovery of a nebulous spirit of the dead--known in mythology as the Asphyx--that appears (only visible on photographic plates) at the moment of death. Sir Hugo becomes obsessed with capturing his own Asphyx and thus ensuring that he cannot die, but of course this is an ill-fated ambition that puts Sir Hugo on a ruinous path to destruction and death. With its talky, literate script, well-drawn characters, and fascinating themes, The Asphyx bears closer resemblance to the Hammer horror films that became passé in the early and mid-1970s. The chills are subtle but effective under the direction of Peter Newbrook, and the widescreen cinematography by Freddie Young (whose credits include Lawrence of Arabia) adds polish and elegance to the proceedings. Filled with foreboding atmosphere, this is an intelligently conceived horror film that relies more on story than shocks, although the screeching Asphyx is eerily haunting. Kudos to Allday Entertainment for producing this DVD--The Asphyx has been rescued from obscurity, painstakingly remastered in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio for discerning connoisseurs of high-class horror.

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