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Asphyx (1973 England)

 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:15 pm    Post subject: Asphyx (1973 England) Reply with quote

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Also released as Spirit of the Dead, this is a truly strange movie.

Scientist-photographer Robert Stevens discovers that the "spirit of death" -- the Asphyx -- comes to claim each person's soul when they die. Stevens manages to photograph the otherwise invisible wraith at a public hanging, and he photographs it again by accident when his son drowns.





Stevens later succeeds in capturing the Asphyx with a dandy hi-tech device when it comes to claim his own soul -- which results in the man becoming effectively immortal.






A thoughtful, eerie tale with a twist ending, told in a manner unique to British film makers. Directed by Peter Newbrook from a screenplay by Brian Comport.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This unusual movie has the distinction of presenting us with the scariest Muppet every! Shocked
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_________ THE ASPHYX (1972) theatrical trailer


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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___________ The Asphyx 1973 Theatrical Trailer


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This film, which I first viewed many years ago on TV, came into being due to the decline of the once-popular Hammer films. Smaller studios, attempting to fill some gap left by Hammer, stepped in with their own films.

Most were not successful financially, including this one — unfortunately.

This is a unique little sci-fi/horror film, with compelling themes, excellent performances and strong science fiction elements in the Frankenstein mold. The main character (Robert Stephens) is not an evil man — in fact, he's something of a benefactor. His aim is to help mankind, to improve the human condition. He's driven by personal tragedy and, of course, goes too far . . . way too far!



The problem is that he's a scientist. And scientists (like Dr. Frankenstein) are compelled to find answers and solutions, the types of which the rest of us may not want to bother with.

He, along with his adopted son (Robert Powell) steadily descend into their own private hell — the situation becomes worse & worse as the film progresses and we, the audience, are transfixed, unable to turn away from the escalating horror of science . . . misused? abused? overused?

You decide as you watch.

I believe this is the best and most difficult type of sci-fi/horror — not physical monsters attacking but the personal descent of a mind, a brilliant mind, in this case. The horror is very personal — and, as a result, tragic.



I think I'll not reveal any details of the plot and story. Usually, I go into some detail in my posts — at least for the first half of the plot for each film, thinking that members have seen the film in question anyway or have heard a lot about it.

I suppose that's not the case here. It's worth the wait — as the film progresses, you wonder what the next step (or misstep) by the characters will b. It's absorbing storytelling. A 25th-anniversary DVD of this film was released when DVDs were in their infancy, way back in early 1998.

BoG's Score: 7.5 out of 10



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wondered how Stevens was able to survive for all those years afterwards as the decaying, decrepid creature that we see as what if someone unearthed his asphyx then he would die and why haven't they in the interim years?
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