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The Awakening (1980)

R | | Horror | 31 October 1980 (USA)
An archeologist discovers his daughter is possessed by the spirit of an Egyptian queen. To save mankind he must destroy her.

Director:

Mike Newell

Writers:

Allan Scott (screenplay), Chris Bryant (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Matthew Corbeck
Susannah York ... Jane Turner
Jill Townsend ... Anne Corbeck
Stephanie Zimbalist ... Margaret Corbeck
Patrick Drury Patrick Drury ... Paul Whittier
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... Dr. Khalid
Nadim Sawalha ... Dr. El Sadek
Ian McDiarmid ... Dr. Richter
Ahmed Osman Ahmed Osman ... Yussef
Miriam Margolyes ... Dr. Kadira
Michael Mellinger ... Hamid
Leonard Maguire Leonard Maguire ... John Matthews
Ishia Bennison Ishia Bennison ... Nurse
Madhav Sharma Madhav Sharma ... Doctor
Michael Halphie Michael Halphie ... Doctor
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Storyline

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>

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They thought they had buried her forever!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Awakening See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,728,520, 2 November 1980

Gross USA:

$8,415,112

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,415,112
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Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films, Orion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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' [1979]." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Margaret Corbeck: Hi.
Paul Whittier: You're American aren't you?
Margaret Corbeck: How did you know?
Paul Whittier: The one word, "hi".
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Featured in Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010) See more »

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Ankara Streets
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Music by Ali Isfahan (i.e. John Leach
KPM Music
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A sad waste of talent.. Heston can do better.
25 December 2002 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

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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