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The Asphyx (1973)

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A well-mounted period horror tale, The Asphyx (known also as Spirit of the Dead) focuses on the scientific endeavors of Robert Stephens, whose revolutionary work in the burgeoning field of photography leads him to the remarkable discovery of the title creature -- a soul-stealing demon known to Greek myth which appears at the moment of death to carry the soul away from the body and into the netherworld. By using special lighting techniques, he is able to detect the demon when it appears to steal

Mar 2, 1998

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Degenerates into formula and farce, with Stephens' theatrical delivery adding the mortal blow.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Overall, this is a unique and memorable little chiller.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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What stops the film from sliding into irredeemable silliness is the performance of Robert Stephens, one of those dependable British thesps you can always rely upon to pull out the stops.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
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A daft but curiously appealing British effort with enough dark edges and inadvertent laughs to satisfy most horror junkies.

March 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Film4
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It's not very scary but "The Asphyx" is very entertaining in an E.C. comic books kind of way. It reminded me a lot of one of the better stories from the Amicus anthologies but is, of course, considerably longer. In many ways it is a bit too long and some of the dialogue is slightly annoying but everything is well filmed.
The big similarity between the ending of this and "The Green Mile" is probably not accidental as I'm sure Stephen King has seen this too.
August 19, 2007
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Cool movie where a group of scientists in Victorian England invent a machine which can capture the living spirits which escapes from people when they die. Fascinating concept, which looks interesting on film. The "Asphyx" creatures don't like being bottled up, and eventually create havoc. It's a great little movie done in a Hammer Horror style.
July 30, 2007
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Unrated British horror film.
July 9, 2008
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