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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
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Hamid
Leonard Maguire ...
John Matthews
Ishia Bennison ...
Nurse
Madhav Sharma ...
Doctor
Michael Halphie ...
Doctor
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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)  »

Also Known As:

A Maldição do Vale dos Faraós  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,728,520 (USA) (31 October 1980)

Gross:

$8,415,112 (USA)
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Trivia

One of two 1980 movies shot by veteran British cinematographer Jack Cardiff in 1980, the other was The Dogs of War (1980). The following year D.O.P. Cardiff would lens another horror movie, Ghost Story (1981). See more »

Goofs

The shard of glass that stabs Jane in the neck. Before the shard falls from the panel, the pointy end is facing downwards. However, when it stabs Jane, the pointy end is facing upwards. See more »

Connections

Version of Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) 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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Laughably bad
10 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The words claptrap, junk and hokum all spring to mind when this silly possession movie is mentioned. Produced during that unfortunate period after The Exorcist hit big and every other movie was some type of scare flick this one doesn't even have a very plausible script to start with. Charlton Heston, more wooden than ever, seems as unconvinced as the audience in the twists and turns of the plot. Poor Susannah York, the most talented of the actors trapped herein, spends the beginning of this turkey in one of the most unbecoming wigs ever seen. Stephanie Zimbalist pops up as Heston's daughter in an early role but her behavior is just as nonsensical as everybody else. Watch this only if you want to make fun of something.


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