The Eternal (1998)
"Trance" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror  |  24 July 1999 (Japan)
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An alcoholic American couple travel to the UK 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.



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




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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 »


She was a Good Looking Woman
written by Hammond and Hazelwood
performed by Joe Dolan
courtesy of Castle Copyrights Ltd
by arrangement with Celebrity Licensing
published by Chrysalis Music
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The Eternal: a terrific, moody Irish horror movie
28 September 2004 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

This movie is NOT a thrill-ride horror movie, which may be the reason many seem not to have liked it. It's slow, character-driven and moody, but I loved it.

From the opening scene of a young girl on a spooky Irish moor to the last image of a woman in a white dress sinking down into the endless black of the sea, I found this film enthralling.

Other things I love about this movie: The opening song, with the line "And no one is afraid/Of themselves" (a key to the characters' struggle)--- The cry of anguish when a mother finds her son dead (we see it but we can only imagine the sound of it)--- Death by shards of a broken rock-and-roll album (and the cutaway to the murderess on the beach, sad but resigned to the fact of her own survival).

These are only a few of the poetic moments of this movie. Love and death. Guns and liquor. A true black-Irish sense of humour. A great horror movie for grown-ups, and for children wise beyond their years.

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