4.3/10
1,221
41 user 19 critic

The Eternal (1998)

Trance (original title)
R | | Horror | 24 July 1999 (Japan)
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.

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Trance (2002)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Trapped in a lover's triangle of lust, greed, and betrayal we follow one woman's journey to discover her true self... Magic, where everything is an Illusion... and nothing is as it seems.

Director: Gary Dean Orona
Stars: Martin Kove, Tane McClure, Bruce Abbott
Nadja (1994)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

This ultra-hip, post-modern vampire tale is set in contemporary New York City. Members of a dysfunctional family of vampires are trying to come to terms with each other, in the wake of ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: Elina Löwensohn, Peter Fonda, Nic Ratner
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An ordinary-looking guy proves to be an unusually successful womanizer, and his East Village apartment begins to assume aspects of Grand Central Station.

Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: Barry Del Sherman, Isabel Gillies, Bob Gosse
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

When an unhappy young woman disappears, her worried sister desperately searches the internet for a clue to her missing sibling's whereabouts.

Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: Karl Geary, Shalom Harlow, Clarence Williams III
Kalkoot (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Baburao Pendharkar
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Evil sleeps, but never dies.

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 July 1999 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Michael Almereyda's The Mummy  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Connections

Remake of The Mummy (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Life
written by Anders Packer
performed by Varnaline
strings written and arranged by John Parker
courtesy of Zero Hour Records
published by No Disciple Music (BMI)
administered by Bug Music, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
an unusual horror movie with some big pluses
22 December 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

This is an unusual horror movie that won't be to everyones' tastes, though I think it's probably more accessible than the same director's unusual vampire movie Nadja.

Nora and Jim travel to Ireland, so that their young son can meet the mother's ailing grandmother. Nora's uncle is caring for her, with the help of a wise young girl named Alice that he has adopted. The uncle is decidedly strange (that he's played by Christopher Walken should be a clue), and has an obsession with a mummy in the basement. The mummy is an Iron Age Druid witch who had been preserved in a peat bog.

Nora and Jim are very much in love, and love alcohol; they're a little bit like Nick and Nora Charles of The Thin Man series. Nora's been having blackouts and visions that are possibly unrelated to her drinking, but she is supposed to quit drinking anyway. Nora begins to wish she hadn't returned home to Ireland.

Among the really strong suits of the film are the excellent cinematography and locations. They can be chillingly beautiful at times, as is the soundtrack.

It has a great song by Cat Power, "Rockets," which is on at least a couple of her albums. I first learned of her from this movie, and am very glad I did. It has a great song by Varnaline, "Sweet Life" (incidentally, available in Real Audio form on their official website), which plays on the jukebox at the Irish pub. It has a great song by Episonic, "My Head Becomes the Sky," which plays over the end credits. The score is also quite effective.


9 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?