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The Awakening (1980)

R | | Horror | 31 October 1980 (USA)
An archeologist discovers his daughter is possessed by the spirit of an Egyptian queen. To save mankind he must destroy her.

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Anne Corbeck
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Margaret Corbeck
Patrick Drury ...
Paul Whittier
Bruce Myers ...
Dr. Khalid
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Dr. El Sadek
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Dr. Richter
Ahmed Osman ...
Yussef
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Dr. Kadira
Michael Mellinger ...
Hamid
Leonard Maguire ...
John Matthews
Ishia Bennison ...
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Madhav Sharma ...
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An American archaeologist is in Egypt with his pregnant wife, searching for the tomb of a long-lost Egyptian queen. At the same moment he discovers the tomb and opens it's accursed seal, his wife gives birth to his daughter. Years later it transpires that the malevolent spirit of the Egyptian queen left the tomb just as he was entering, and possessed his baby girl. As the truth becomes clear, the archaeologist realizes that he must destroy his daughter in a ceremonial ritual, before she uses her awesome powers to threaten the safety of mankind. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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They thought they had buried her forever!

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31 October 1980 (USA)  »

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A Maldição do Vale dos Faraós  »

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Charlton Heston said of this film in a 1979 interview: "I've read biographies of prominent Egyptologists such as Howard Carter and Brested. The film is based on a book by Bram Stoker who wrote it long before any Egyptian mummies were ever found. In fact, the discovery of an intact Royal tomb has only occurred once in history; Carter's discovery of Tutankamun, and everything in this film is keyed to that because it's the only material available". See more »

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When Jane and Matt discover the tomb entrance, Jane reads the hieroglyphic inscription from left to right, but the direction in which the inscription is written is right to left, as shown by the birds in it which face the start of the line by convention. See more »

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Version of Mystery and Imagination: Curse of the Mummy (1970) See more »

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Ankara Streets
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Music by Ali Isfahan (i.e. John Leach
KPM Music
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"I want her here".
12 March 2011 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

As grand productions go (which was a box-office flop), "The Awakening" is professionally catered for but remains a very tepid, old hat supernatural drama enterprise that consisted of excellently dedicated performances ( a serviceable Charlton Heston and an impressive Susannah York) and some stunningly projected Egyptian locations and decors. Outside of that, the story (adapted off Bram Stoker's "The Jewel of Seven Stars") while moodily haunting just felt like it was going through the motions and laboured along. The usual Egyptian tombs, curses unleashed, possessions of loved ones and an archaeologist's obsession to his work. No surprises and little interest, but I did like it's rather gloomily, downbeat conclusion that waited. It's suggestively slow-burn and crisp, dealing with a complex psychological edge filled with melancholy, detachment and righteous ideas. It's the beautiful imagery and majestic score that lingers, as everything is suggestively subtle with a slightly surreal, but more so grounded atmosphere. Stephanie Zimbalist is decent as Heston's possessed daughter and Jill Townsend as her mother.


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