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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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An original and intriguing slice of period horror! See more (41 total) »

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 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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)
 
Other crew
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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
An original and intriguing slice of period horror!, 7 February 2007
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Avoiding death and what happens when we die have been recurring themes throughout all art forms since the dawning of time. Despite the fact that there are a lot of films that handle similar themes, The Asphyx stands out for it's original and intriguing exaction. The film hasn't gained itself the best reputation in the three decades since its release, and it was apparently ignored upon its introduction to the general public. This isn't surprising - The Asphyx takes elements from supernatural horror and there's a little bit of sci-fi involved, but selling this film couldn't have been easy as there's no way to pigeon hole it. The plot focuses on Hugo Cunningham - a man who discovers that when we die, what's called an 'Asphyx' appears. After conducting a few experiments, Hugo presupposes that if one were to capture this Asphyx, then that person would never be able to die. He then proceeds to test the procedure on himself, and after becoming immortal decides he wants his young assistant and daughter; who want to get married, to become immortal also…

The Asphyx is a British film set in Victorian times, and director Peter Newbrook does an excellent job of producing the period setting. The film was obviously made on a budget, and as such it doesn't exactly compete with some of the bigger budget films set around the same time; but still the director gets the point across. The special effects are a little hokey, but they work really well. The main standout where the effects are concerned are with the 'Asphyx' itself, and personally I'd much rather the effects shown here than the CGI rubbish we have nowadays. The acting is decent, with Robert Stephens being the main standout in the lead role, and receiving good support from Robert Powell. Jane Lapotaire is something of a weak link in my opinion as she's a little flat, but it's not too important. The film has a great premise, but in order for a premise to work, it needs a good plot too and this film certainly has that. The film is not predictable for most of its duration, and the drama between the central characters is always interesting enough to hold the audience's attention. The ending is both haunting and memorable, and overall; it has to be said that The Asphyx is a film that deserves more wide recognition!

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