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The Asphyx (1972)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | February 1973 (USA)
English country squire Sir Hugo Cunningham searches for immortality by literally 'bottling up' the Spirit of the Dead, or Asphyx.

Director:

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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The Difference Between Life And Death See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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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 »

Goofs

Toward the end of the film Robert Powell picks up a glass beaker. It has the Pyrex stamp on it and its volume , stated as 600ml! Victorian England used imperial (non-metric) measures, and Pyrex was not invented until 1915. 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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Alternate Versions

The film was originally shot in Todd-AO 35, a wide-screen process which is normally viewed at 2.35:1. The 1995 UK video featured a much shorter print and missed around 12 minutes of footage including dialogue scenes, an anti-hanging protest before the execution, and the removal of a scene showing the now-immortalized guinea pig being released from its cage. The 2004 Anchor Bay UK DVD features the same print and is presented in an anamorphic 1.85:1 ratio and also uses a pan & scan technique, thus cropping much of the print into a false version of wide-screen. The 2010 Odeon DVD features both the shorter and longer original prints in genuine widescreen. See more »

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Featured in Movie Macabre: The Horror of Death See more »

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Disturbing little seen thriller
17 November 1999 | by RovinSee all my reviews

This film was certainly engaging. It had some good writing(especially poignant towards the end) and special effects that certainly served their purpose without being hokey.

Well worth a look if you are seeking an obscure, well made British horror film.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Horror of Death See more »

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Production Co:

Glendale Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Super Quadraphonic Sound)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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