The Asphyx Blu-ray Review – 1972 Forgotten Horror Gem?

Have you seen The Asphyx (1972)? No, neither had I but it’s a horror movie starring Robert Stephens and Robert Powell. Is it worth a look I hear you ask? Let’s find out this is The Asphyx blu-ray review.

The blu-ray came out back in 2018 released by Screenbound Pictures and can be picked up on Amazon for £10.99 at the time of writing this review.

  • The Asphyx (1972)
  • Genre: Horror
  • Directed by Peter Newbrook
  • UK Rating 15
  • Discs: 1
  • Released by Screenbound Pictures
  • Blu-ray Released: 11th June 2018
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Plot

Hugo Cunningham is a man obsessed with finding and trapping the asphyx. The asphyx is a powerful entity that appears before a person’s death. He theorises that if you can trap asphyx that person will become immortal.


Style / Direction

Director Peter Newbrook delivers a gothic horror that looks similar to that of Hammer films. It’s well made film to, in fact I loved the look and feel. The cinematographer for the film was Freddie Young.

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Music / Audio Effects

The film’s score comes from Bill McGuffie.


Acting / Characters

Robert Stephens stars as Hugo Cunningham a man obsessed with finding and trapping the Asphyx. Meanwhile Robert Powell takes on the role of Giles Cunningham. He’s more sceptical and concerned that if a person becomes immortal that the power would ultimately corrupt them.

Both actors produce strong performances that really helps take this story to another level.

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Cast
  • Robert Stephens as Sir Hugo Cunningham
  • Robert Powell as Giles Cunningham
  • Jane Lapotaire as Christina Cunningham
  • Alex Scott as Sir Edward Barrett
  • Ralph Arliss as Clive Cunningham
  • Fiona Walker as Anna Wheatley
  • Terry Scully as Pauper
  • John Lawrence as Mason
  • David Grey as Vicar
  • Tony Caunter as Warden
  • Paul Bacon as 1st Member

Conclusion: The Asphyx (1972) Film Review

Robert Stephens and Robert Powell both deliver excellent performances that has you fully invested in their characters lives. The film has that classic Hammer horror look in terms of set style which is a very good thing.

I really did enjoy The Asphyx (1972) but then I do like classic horror movies. If you love Hammer films then this is perfect viewing for you. I for one highly recommend giving this a look.

the asphyx blu-ray review

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Conclusion: The Asphyx Blu-ray Review

I have to say I was very impressed by the picture quality, its perfect. There are no marks, lines of speckles anywhere.

On the extras side there are just a few deleted scenes.

Extras
  • Deleted Scenes
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On to my movie rating for The Asphyx (1972)

MOVIE RATING: VERY GOOD

BLU-RAY RATING: PERFECT

POPCORN CINEMA: RECOMMENDED


Amazon UK Links

The Asphyx (1972) is available now on blu-ray.

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Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version

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Summary: The Asphyx (1972) Blu-ray Review
the asphyx blu-ray review

Movie title: The Asphyx (1972)

Movie description: British Horror Film

Duration: 87 mins

Director(s): Peter Newbrook

Actor(s): Robert Stephens, Robert Powell, Jane Lapotaire, Alex Scott

Genre: Horror

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Rating
4.3

Summary

The film has that Hammer horror look & style

Pros

  • Perfect Picture Quality
  • Good Story
  • Strong Cast

Cons

  • None

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