‘The evil one must not live again!’
The Awakening is a 1980 British horror film. It is the debut film of director Mike Newell, who had previously worked extensively in television. It is the third film version of Bram Stoker‘s 1903 novel The Jewel of Seven Stars, following a 1970 television adaptation as The Curse of the Mummy, and the 1971 Hammer film, Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb.
The Awakening stars Charlton Heston, Susannah York, and Stephanie Zimbalist in an early role. It was released by Warner Bros. Another adaptation of Stoker’s novel was released directly to video in 1997, under the title Bram Stoker’s The Mummy.
“A cross between a standard mummy film (with the whole tomb exploration 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 intriguing in conception and flat in execution…” Third Eye Cinema