The Asphyx (1973)




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In this horror-fantasy, set during the 19th century, Dr. Stephens discovers that just before a person dies, their body is surrounded by the aura-like Asphyx. In this phenomenon, Stephens believes he sees the key to living forever. When he begins experimenting with humans, he inadvertently releases a terrible supernatural power.
Classics , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Robert Stephens
as Sir Hugo Cunningham
Robert Powell
as Giles Cunningham
Jane Lapotaire
as Christina Cunningham
Terry Scully
as Pauper
David Grey
as Vicar
Tony Caunter
as Warden
Paul Bacon
as lst Member
Alex Scott
as Sir Edward Barrett
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Critic Reviews for The Asphyx

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Overall, this is a unique and memorable little chiller.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review… | December 13, 2010
SFX Magazine

A daft but curiously appealing British effort with enough dark edges and inadvertent laughs to satisfy most horror junkies.

Full Review… | March 30, 2004

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September 28, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Asphyx

"The smudge!"-Sir Hugo Cunningham (Robert Stephens) Possibly, influenced those responsible for GHOSTBUSTERS.

FilmGrinder Stone
FilmGrinder Stone

A fun movie concept that suffers from a lack of technology to pull it off convincingly. The effects of the Asphyx itself is interesting for a simple camera trick and at times is surprisingly effective. The plot is just a bit too thin to support the running length and the ending rather unsatisfyingly functional. Fun as a curio 70's mad scientist flick.

Mark Nash
Mark Nash

Unrated British horror film.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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