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The Eternal (1998)

Trance (original title)
R | | Horror | 24 July 1999 (Japan)
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An alcoholic American couple travel to Ireland with their son so he can meet his grandmother but they walk in on their crazed uncle who is in the midst of reviving a centuries-old Druid witch.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel O'Rourke ...
Mrs. Ferriter
Nora / Niamh
Sinead Dolan ...
Nora's Mother
Raina Feig ...
Young Nora
The Doctor
Jeffrey Goldschrafe ...
Jim, Jr.
Paul Ferriter ...
Joe / Niamh's Iron Age Lover
Niamh Dolan ...
Iron Age Niamh
David Geary ...
Nora's Father


As with Almereyda's previous films, this one deals with a gothic subject in a modern context. Lushly filmed it concerns an alcoholic womans return to her Irish roots, only to turn into a film about a woman whose soul is desired by a 1000 year old witch. Written by Anonymous

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Evil sleeps, but never dies.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality/nudity, language and vampire violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

24 July 1999 (Japan)  »

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Michael Almereyda's The Mummy  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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When the girl cuts her throat near the end, the wound is clearly already there before she slices it. Additionally, she does not slice it directly where the wound is. See more »


[first lines]
Alice: In the beginning of the world, the earth and the sky were one creature, and it was the hardest thing to tear them apart. They loved each other so much. And that's why it rains. Because the earth and the sky are always trying to get back together. Mrs. Ferriter told me that, after my mother died, a long time ago, before I met Nora and Jim.
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Remake of The Mummy (1932) See more »


Performed by Cat Power
written by Chan Marshall
courtesy of Smells Like Records and Doormat Music (BMI)
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Atmospheric and fun
5 January 2004 | by (Bermuda) – See all my reviews

If you are looking for a slasher or a monster movie, you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a moody, humorous, beautifully-shot B movie, this is it. As in his previous film, Nadja, Michael Almereyda's "monster" has human frailties and desires. He manages to find humor in his characters' constant drunkenness (why did they come to Ireland to try to dry out!?) and conveys this drunken feeling in the way the scenes cut from one to the next. The inventive cinematography leaves several scenes etched in your memory, and the sometimes-trip-hop soundtrack is very hip and lends to the dark mood. The pacing starts out slow but becomes engrossing and heart-pumping.

In the end Trance/Eternal/Kiss of the Mummy is a fun film and merits multiple viewings. My sole complaint is that the visuals and the soundtrack really deserve and would benefit from large-screen presentation.

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