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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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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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A Maldição do Vale dos Faraós  »

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$2,728,520, 31 October 1980, Wide Release

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$8,415,112
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Charlton Heston's character Matthew Corbeck is seen in this film over an eighteen year time span and ages from 43 years to 61 years. Heston was aged 56 when he acted in this movie. 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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Margaret Corbeck: Hi.
Paul Whittier: You're American aren't you?
Margaret Corbeck: How did you know?
Paul Whittier: The one word, "hi".
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Version of Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) See more »

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Music by Ali Isfahan (i.e. John Leach
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Why can't archaeologists just leave tombs alone?
16 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Moses returns to Egypt, but not to free his people. In this case, Charlton Heston plays an egyptologist who opens the tomb of an evil queen. Sure enough, the spirit awakens with it, and possesses Heston's newborn daughter. And anyone who gets in her way is asking for it.

Obviously, a movie like this can't reach the quality of "The Shining", but it is good in a pinch. I really liked the end scene; as NRA president, couldn't he have just pulled out a rifle and dealt with it that way? But anyway, "The Awakening" will almost certainly keep you awake. As far as I'm concerned, these archaeologists need to just leave tombs alone; they deserve to experience bad things for opening them.

Also starring Susannah York, Jill Townsend, Stephanie Zimbalist, Ian McDiarmid (of the "Star Wars" movies) and Miriam Margoyles.


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