The Asphyx (1972)


“Sir Hugo” (Robert Stephens) is a much respected scientist in Victorian Britain fascinated by motion pictures. Whilst filming his friends punting on the river; they have a calamitous accident and die. What shows up on his photography afterwards intrigues him – it seems as though a mysterious form is taking over their dead bodies. Could this be the “The Asphyx” of ancient Greek myth? He and his son (Robert Powell) decide to try and investigate further with the aim of capturing one in the hope of potentially achieving immortality. It’s well put together, the story and script are solid and the lead performances with Jane Lapotaire as “Christina” are quite entertaining to watch. I found it a wee bit long, but give it a go.

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