Five campers arrive in the mountains to examine some property they have bought, but are warned by Forest Ranger Roy McLean that a huge machete-wielding maniac has been terrorising the area.... See full summary »
A middle-aged woman, traumatized from the death of her adulterous lover, moves into a room at a New Orleans boarding house where the blind landlord becomes suspicious to her activities of continuing her affair with her dead lover.
An American archaeologist is in Egypt with his pregnant wife, searching for the tomb of a long-lost Egyptian queen. At the same moment he discovers the tomb and opens it's accursed seal, his wife gives birth to his daughter. Years later it transpires that the malevolent spirit of the Egyptian queen left the tomb just as he was entering, and possessed his baby girl. As the truth becomes clear, the archaeologist realizes that he must destroy his daughter in a ceremonial ritual, before she uses her awesome powers to threaten the safety of mankind.Written by
Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>
According to the Thorn-EMI home video sleeve notes by Jack Ibberson, "many of the scenes were shot on location, notably in the City of the Dead near Luxor, by Britain's leading camera man, Jack Cardiff, who responsible for 'Death on the Nile' ." See more »
When Jane and Matt discover the tomb entrance, Jane reads the hieroglyphic inscription from left to right, but the direction in which the inscription is written is right to left, as shown by the birds in it which face the start of the line by convention. See more »
The Awakening (1980) has two endings: SPOILERS AHEAD! For the U.S. dvd, the film ends with Margaret- now possessed- staring with crazed eyes and Egyptian makeup. For the U.K. dvd, the film ends with Margaret stepping outside the museum at night, and her shadow is superimposed over the skyline of London to suggest her evil or plans. See more »
It's sad to find a legendary actor like Charlton Heston working on a tenth rate horror film like this. The story takes its inspiration from a largely forgotten Bram Stoker novel and casts Heston as an obsessive archaeologist searching for the tomb of an evil Egyptian queen. He finds it, but at the very same moment his wife is busy giving birth to a baby daughter. You don't have to be a detective to figure out that the spirit of the long-dead evil queen possesses his daughter. Nor do you have to be particularly bright to guess that as she grows into a teenager, she begins to demonstrate worryingly dangerous behaviour. By the end, daddy Heston (just like Gregory Peck in The Omen) is convinced that his little girl is demonic and attempts to destroy her.
Jack Cardiff tremendous photography provides the film with its sole merit, bringing to life the glorious Egyptian vistas in all their sun drenched beauty. Heston and York act decently, but the material is hardly challenging. The main problem with the film is the dullness of the script and the absence of pace and urgency in the narrative. It's predictable too, which is a shame. Worst of all, it commits the sin that so many horror films commit: it completely fails to push the viewer out of their comfort zone. No questions are posed, no disturbing ideas are explored and no menacing message is used to underpin the film. It's just a bland, boring travelogue that dares to call itself a bloodcurdler.
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