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‘The wicked shall not live again!’
The awakening is a 1980 British horror film about an archaeologist who discovers that his daughter is possessed by the spirit of an Egyptian queen. To save humanity he must destroy her.
The film was the feature film debut of director Mike Newell, who had previously worked extensively in television. It is the third film version of Bram Stoker’s 1903 novel Jewel of the Seven Starsafter a 1970 TV adaptation as The Mummy’s Curseand the recommended 1971 Hammer film, Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb.
The film stars Charlton Heston, Susannah York, Jill Townsend and, in an early role, Stephanie Zimbalist.
Another adaptation of Stoker’s novel was released direct-to-video in 1998, Bram Stoker’s The Mummy.
“It’s actually done overall well, the downbeat ending only adds to its rating here. Subtle and slow-paced, this might not appeal to everyone, but it’s definitely worth a watch, especially to see the sci-fi hero Heston in an uncharacteristically subdued terrorist performance.” The terror trap
“A cross between a standard mummy film (with the entire exploration of the tomb marked by an ancient curse angle) and a demonic possession opus (with the gradual and increasing influence over not only outside events, but two of the three main characters, until it closes on a final and irrevocable samadhi and atavism in the final reel), the film is both exciting in conception and flat in execution…” Third Eye Cinema
“…The awakening can be slow at times […] Those hoping for an honest-to-goodness mummy movie will probably be sorely disappointed, as the traditional bandaged mummy villainy is practically non-existent. It’s closer Warned than anything else. […] The film by the great Jack Cardiff is also solid.” The Video Vacuum Cleaner
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Cast and characters:
Charlton Heston … Matthew Corbeck
Susannah York … Jane Turner
Jill Townsend … Anne Corbeck
Stephanie Zimbalist … Margaret Corbeck
Patrick Drury … Paul Whittier
Bruce Myers … Doctor Khalid
Nadim Sawalha … Doctor El Sadek
Ian McDiarmid … Doctor Richter
Ahmed Osman … Yussef
Miriam Margolyes … Doctor Who
Michael Mellinger … Hamid
Leonard Maguire … John Matthews
Ishia Bennison … Nurse
Madhav Sharma … Doctor
Michael Halphie … Doctor
Christopher Fairbank … Porter
Roger Kemp … Doctor
1 hour 41 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
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