The Asphyx 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
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I waited a long time to get "The Asphyx" on DVD. I'd read about it in a few books on horror films - about how it's like an old style Hammer film, well done and full of shocks and such - and so I'd hoped it would someday get a DVD release so I could finally see it and get a copy of it.
The film itself is fun, and it's true it's very "Hammer"-like. Though I do have to say that the "Asphyx" (the creature itself) effect looks a great deal like something you'd see on a spookier episode of "The Muppet Show." But my complaint is not about the movie itself...
How, in this day and age, are there still DVD companies out there that release a wide screen movie and don't make it anamorphic? I've got a flatscreen HDTV and the movie plays as a tiny little envelope sized image in the center of the screen. Sure, I can go into the settings with my remote and adjust the image myself, but frankly, I shouldn't have to - and neither should you. C'mon "Hen's Tooth Video," join the rest of us in the 21st century.
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