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The Eternal (1998)

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

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Michael Almereyda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel O'Rourke Rachel O'Rourke ... Alice
Lois Smith ... Mrs. Ferriter
Alison Elliott ... Nora / Niamh
Jared Harris ... Jim
Sinead Dolan Sinead Dolan ... Nora's Mother
Raina Feig Raina Feig ... Young Nora
Jason Miller ... The Doctor
Jeffrey Goldschrafe Jeffrey Goldschrafe ... Jim, Jr.
Paula Malcomson ... Bartender
Paul Ferriter Paul Ferriter ... Joe / Niamh's Iron Age Lover
Christopher Walken ... Uncle Bill Ferriter
Niamh Dolan Niamh Dolan ... Iron Age Niamh
David Geary David Geary ... Nora's Father
Karl Geary ... Sean
Mark Geary ... Anlo
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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

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Evil sleeps, but never dies.

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Eternal See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Trimark Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Alison Elliott was cast after a Trimark executive was impressed by her performance in 'Wings of the Dove'. See more »

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.
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Remake of The Mummy (1932) See more »

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Written by Rita Marley (actually written by Bob Marley)
performed by Stiff Little Fingers
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Trance: Weird but not wonderful
7 July 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

The weirdest thing about this odd little movie is that its labelled a remake of The Mummy (1932) (And subsequent remakes).

But instead of a mummy we have a witch.

And instead of Egypt it's Ireland.

And instead of being good, its terrible.

Starring Christopher Walken and Jared Harris, even a decent cast couldn't turn this one around.

The plot is thoroughly confuddled, the script is dire and the only thing that the movie has going for it is the finale but even that is recycled.

The Eternal (Otherwise known as Trance) is a hard one to pigeon hole. It's not exactly a traditional horror, more a supernatural thriller maybe?

One thing is for sure, the movie isn't as smart as the creators clearly thought it was and falls under the category of instantly forgettable.

The Good:

Walken and Harris do fine

The Bad:

Messy score/soundtrack

Walken is wasted

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Getting knocked out twice within the space of a few minutes has to have a lasting impact right?


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