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Eighteen years later, his daughter Stephanie Zimbalist (in her first film role) is coming into her own, and wanting to travel with dad to Egypt and get to know him better - she's often been away, while Heston was making time with his new wife and former assistant, Susannah York, and conducting his lecture tours. Stephanie's a sweet kid, even if she is suddenly developing problems. Seems she doesn't always know where she's been at night - or what she was doing. In fact, she isn't even sure who she is, anymore, half the time.
Heston is equally afraid he is losing his own appreciable mind. He's coming to recognize that he is the fulfillment of Queen Tara's prophecy for her own resurrection in a later age. As before, those near and dear to him are dying, paving his way to become Tara's new prophet, and Heston is beginning to think the ancient Egyptian magic has more going for it than any of his own modern science. The problem is, it appears his daughter may have to die to fulfill the prophecy...
This movie was one whole star better, before the releasing studio completely reshot its ending. What was a clever conclusion became instead more heavy-handed and far less satisfying, and even somewhat comical. It also occasionally suffers from a bit of heavy-handedness in direction, inadvertently turning some melodramatic moments into humorous ones.
However, the production itself is superior. Maurice Binder did the stylish opening credit sequence. Robert H.Read more ›
I don't like to give details in my reviews. What this story has to offer is a realistic horror film. Even though there are virtually no special effects, we are still drawn in to a world of silent malevolence.
This is not a "slasher" film. There is much weight given to suspicious happenings and ancient curses that frankly, makes this story much more creepy. There is virtually nothing offered in the movie that I couldn't see actually happening. Not that I believe in curses, but you never know, there are things in the universe that you don't want to piss off. Leave them alone, you may live longer.
Some have said that is story is "slow". Yes. It is a drama. It's trying to weave a tale for you that is intelligent, thoughtful and if you're willing sit and be invested in the story, it may scare you more than Freddy Kruger ever could.
Seriously, do yourself a favor and watch it. Don't go into it expecting high art. Just settle yourself in for a great stinkbomb of a movie and have a lot of fun.
Of the two films, The Awakening has by far the higher production values and benefits from its stunning Egyptian locations.
It also has a superb and eerie music score and has one of my all time favourite credit sequences, showing the Nile and the surrounding scenery. The music to this opening piece is simply sublime and sets the viewer up nicely for the rest of the film.
Charlton Heston plays an archeologist looking for a fabled lost tomb, of a nameless and apparently evil Egyptian queen. Needless to say he uncovers an ancient and vile power which starts to kill off his friends, and to threaten his daughter (played by Stephanie Zimbalist).
The film has a good narrative which is also suspenseful, as the events unfold.
Unfortunately the ending is weak and appears to be rushed. This is a great shame because otherwise the film would have been worthy of five stars. The makers would have done better to stick with a similar ending to Blood from The Mummy's Tomb.
That said, The Awakening remains a very good film and is well worth a look. I own the film on dvd and it is available in Australia on Region 4. Sound is Dolby Digital Mono. Unfortunately the picture transfer is not as good as it could have been and is little better than on vhs.
It would be nice to see a Region 1 or 2 dvd of this film, with a proper transfer and 5.1 sound. Now that really would be something.
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Haven't seen this movie in ages but enjoyed watching it again. The DVD was in great shape and the picture was very clear as if brand new!Published 22 days ago by Jeansie
I DON'T know how many times the movies have had to teach this valuable lesson: don't go rummaging in the tombs of malevolent dictators who would just as soon stay dead. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kirk A.
Oh, look. It's goofiness, but terribly entertaining. I saw it in the theatre when it was first released, remembered it well past that time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elizabeth A. Davies
love egyptian history, fictional and non-fictional; A+++++++Published 6 months ago by christine paine
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