The Asphyx

May 1, 2013 at 1:52 am (7 Heads, Asphyx, The) (, , )

The Asphyx – 1973 – England

In 19th century England, a supernatural researcher snaps photos of people moments before death. Each picture shows an ominous black smudge, possibly indicating the soul fleeing the body. On a family boating excursion, the researcher films the accidental death of his wife and son. Obsessively viewing the film in his grief, he determines the smudge isn’t the soul leaving the body, but a “Greek” spirit called an Asphyx coming to take the soul away. An Asphyx is summoned by fear of impending death. The researcher creates a machine to seal an Asphyx in a light ray, ensnaring it and rendering the dying person immortal. One experiment results in an undying guinea pig.

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