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FULL SYNOPSIS

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 the soul of a guinea pig, and he manages to capture it in a sealed capsule -- thus rendering the animal immortal. Realizing that the act of imprisoning his own asphyx will grant him eternal life, Stephens starts re-creating his experiment with human subjects. As this is a horror film, his new effort doesn't turn out quite as planned. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast

Robert Stephens
as Sir Hugo Cunningham
Robert Powell
as Giles Cunningham
Ralph Arliss
as Clive Cunningham
Fiona Walker
as Anna Cunningham
Terry Scully
as Pauper
Tony Caunter
as Warden
Paul Bacon
as 1st Member
Ralph Arliss
as Clive Cunningham
Robert Stephens
as Sir Hugo Cunningham
Robert Powell
as Giles Cunningham
Tony Caunter
as Warden
Terry Scully
as Pauper
Fiona Walker
as Anna Cunningham

Crew

Peter Newbrook
Director
John Brittany
Producer
Brian Comfort
Screenwriter
Freddie Young
Cinematographer
Bill McGuffie
Composer (Music Score)
Maxine Julius
Editor
Maxine Julius
Associate Producer
Arthur Taksen
Set Designer
Evelyn Gibbs
Costume Designer
Ted Samuels
Special Effects
Roger Simons
First Assistant Director
Ted Sturgis
Production Manager
Jimmy Evans
Makeup
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