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The Asphyx (1972)

English country squire Sir Hugo Cunningham searches for immortality by literally 'bottling up' the Spirit of the Dead, or Asphyx.

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Peter Newbrook

Writers:

Christina Beers (story), Laurence Beers (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Stephens ... Sir Hugo Cunningham
Robert Powell ... Giles Cunningham
Jane Lapotaire ... Christina Cunningham
Alex Scott ... Sir Edward Barrett
Ralph Arliss ... Clive Cunningham
Fiona Walker ... Anna Wheatley
Terry Scully Terry Scully ... Pauper
John Lawrence John Lawrence ... Mason
David Grey David Grey ... Vicar
Tony Caunter Tony Caunter ... Warden
Paul Bacon Paul Bacon ... 1st Member
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Storyline

Hugo is a brilliant mid-Victorian scientist, loved and respected by his family and friends, admired by his colleagues. But he is a man quickly becoming obsessed with a curious and frightening question... what is the mysterious apparition found in the photographs of his dying subjects? Hugo brings to a family boating party his newest invention-a motion picture camera. The party quickly turns into a disaster as he captures on film the tragic drowning of his wife and son. When the film is replayed later, the same ghostlike presence appears. It flies towards his son, and vanishes inside his dying body. Has Hugo discovered The Asphyx, the spirit of the dead described in Greek mythology? A spirit which lives in constant agony, not finding rest until it takes possession of a human body? Could the spirit, if captured, become the key to immortality? Hugo is compelled to find the answers. It is a ghoulish search, with eternally haunting results. Written by James C. Allen <spgcs@bellsouth.net>

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If It Were In Your Power...Would You Sacrifice Your Wife...Your Children For Immortality? This Is The Story Of A Man Who Did! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Glendale Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Super Quadraphonic Sound)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A good U.S. version of this film has never been found. Only UK versions that are shorter with great quality. DVD releases of this movie have combined HD footage mastered from the 35mm negative with SD footage mastered from a U.S. release print of inferior quality resulting in significant shifts in image quality. You do get to see the entire extended version of the movie this way. See more »

Quotes

Sir Hugo Cunningham: I obey God's will, my friend, my old friend, my eternal and everlasting friend...
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Featured in Movie Macabre: The Horror of Death See more »

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A "playing God" scenario with a difference. remastered DVD now available.
11 March 1999 | by colossus-4See all my reviews

The Asphyx, now readily available on DVD, is a Sci-Fi classic. Its long awaited arrival was worth the wait. The moldering Pan-and-Scan version which was a staple of syndicated Chiller-type programming throughout the Seventies and early Eighties has been totally remastered and is presented in its original aspect ratio.

Set in late Victorian rural England. Sir Hugo Cunningham becomes obsessed with the possibility of becoming immortal after discovering the Asphyx, or Spirit of Death, which seeks out the dying and finds release in them, killing them at once. An, at times, melodramatic cast are quickly drawn into Hugo's experiments, to their misfortune, and his. A "playing God" scenario, with a difference.

Beautifully photographed and very original. I hope many of you will re-remember this film and seek it out. It deserves a fresh audience.


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