The Awakening (1980)

The Awakening





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English archaeologist Matthew Corbeck (played by the emphatically-American Charlton Heston) undertakes an expedition to find the tomb of the Egyptian princess Kara, despite his awareness of a nefarious curse that is said to befall anyone who disturbs the tomb. Eighteen years after Corbeck's discovery of the burial site, his teenage daughter (who was born at the very moment of the tomb's violation) begins to behave strangely. Turns out she's been possessed by Kara's malevolent spirit, carrying … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Bryant, Clive Exton, Gina Berriault, Allan Scott, Allan G. Scott
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 14, 2012


as Matthew Corbeck

as Jane Turner

as Anne Corbeck

as Margaret Corbeck

as Paul Whittier

as Dr. Khalid

as Dr. El Sadek

as Dr. Richter

as Doctor
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Critic Reviews for The Awakening

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Twenty-four years after he freed the Israelites, Charlton Heston returned to Egypt to insult the ancient gods again in 'The Awakening.' Let my people go -- to their Netflix queues, to request the erratic but more enjoyable 'Blood from the Mummy's Tomb.'

Full Review… | June 27, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Funnier than most comedies

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Dry-as-dust "possession" fare.

July 26, 2002

August 22, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for The Awakening


No surprise to me that this bombed on its release. I rented it thinking it might be a hidden 80's gem, but no such luck.
The opening scene goes on forever (and is boring). Then finally it speeds up to current day when Margaret is turning 18 and the fun is expected to start.
Actually, there is no fun. Boring, boring, boring. Horrible end to Dad's second wife (and while we are talking about Dad, his appearance was more creepy than anything else happening in this movie. What was that about? Those creepy stares...).
Then in the final ten minutes, things finally get interesting. Then the movie stops abruptly.
Can I have that hour and forty minutes back again, please?

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

An okay movie about mummies, it kind of has an "Omen" feel to it at times, and it's pretty boring in the beginning, but it gets better in the end. Overall, it's okay.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


The words claptrap, junk and hokum all spring to mind when this silly possession movie is mentioned. Produced during that unfortunate period after The Exorcist hit big and every other movie was some type of scare flick this one doesn't even have a very plausible script to start with. Poor Susannah York, the most talented of the actors trapped herein, spends the beginning of this turkey in one of the most unbecoming wigs ever seen. Watch this only if you want to make fun of something.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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