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From the physiological standpoint, the concept is not that different from the idea of vampires and zombies; with the same need to suspend disbelief to really enjoy things. Although like the implications of time travel, half the fun is speculating on the ramifications of the idea.
There is a pleasant and very haunting score and the story has a nice touch of irony as Sir Hugo's first experimental subject is his eventual downfall.
The real strength of this film is the production design. Considerable effort went into the meticulously constructed sets and there was much attention to detail in the various scientific apparatus and instruments. While the historical accuracy of these advanced devices is suspect, they are certainly no harder to accept than the basic premise. All looks great on the big screen and is probably fine on the letter boxed DVD, but the VHS tape is of marginal quality and the 4x3 aspect ratio does not do justice to the frame.
Few films from the era that did a better job of filling their frames than "The Asphyx" (credit to Academy award winning cinematographer Freddie Young), but this just magnifies the problems of the full-screen version. It appears that the 1989 Interglobal Home Video trimmed nine minutes from the film and was recorded at the LP speed, so you should avoid that one if possible.
The story is set in 1870 London, where a physician accidently captures a photograph of some type of entity entering a person upon their death. He concludes that if this entity (known as an `Asphyx') can be captured before it enters the dying person, immortality will result. He pursues this idea, with unintended consequences.
Everything about this film is top flight. Excellent cinematography, spot on costumes and period sets, very solid acting and an intriguing storyline characterize this highly entertaining film. Those who have sufficient depth to appreciate well-crafted and thoughtful sci-fi/horror films will enjoy this movie; especially those who like the early Hammer films and other `thinking person's" British sci-fi films.
It's a shame that two non-reviews sullied the film by giving it one star, when neither non-reviewer actually watched it. Ignore them and treat yourself to a really well done film. And if you do watch it, pay particular attention to the first few minutes; it seems to have nothing to do with the film, until the shocking ending. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Regardless the technical issues, the movie is just bad. Poorly written, poorly acted and very poorly filmed. I could not believe how bad it was. Yes I watched it to the bitter end.Published 3 hours ago by Ancient One
I love the English productions and the Gothic scenes it was a decent movie acting a little off but really enjoyed a old moviePublished 7 days ago by vampyr
Started to watch but just couldn't bring myself to complete the piece. The change in film types and sound were rather jarring and very distracting. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was drawn in by the overwhelmingly positive reviews but was extremely disappointed. I did watch the entire movie hoping for it to redeem itself, but redemption never came. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alex F
cheesy but entertaining if you can stand the pace and like the old English school.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great example of British horror of its period. Know that it has errors and pacing that would not fit in with the expectations of pictures during the last 30 years. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SeeDepp
I understand this is a cult classics, I thought it moved very slow and it really wasn't my type of film.Published 3 months ago by Bill Hoover