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  • Actors: Rachel O'Rourke, Lois Smith, Alison Elliott, Jared Harris, Sinead Dolan
  • Directors: Michael Almereyda
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Aug. 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PBZO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,461 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Wealthy New Yorker Nora (Alison Elliott) is haunted by horrific nightmares and, seeking some inner peace, persuades her husband Jim (Jared Harris) that they should move to her ancestral home in Ireland. At first, the move does seem to have made a difference. But then Nora meets her uncle (Christopher Walken), discovers the undead body of a 200-year-old Druid witch, and is forced into a deadly battle against the forces of evil. So all things considered, maybe New York wasn't so bad after all.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "listenupwell" on 27 Dec. 2004
Format: DVD
Obviously after looking at the price you aren't expecting the highest quality of production here, but everything from the story and acting to the effects is shabby - so obviously cheaply made. The story had potential, but was ruined; long story short a self-mummified druid witch needs a new body, and finds a candidate staying at her new home. The ending was slightly unexpected but couldn't save the other dull 90 minutes. As for the acting, the main married couple of the film are alcoholics, but they somehow seem wooden. To make matters worse at times there seems to be an ambience obstructing the dialogue to quite a serious extent. All in all, this seriously isn't worth your money no matter how interested you are in this film genre or druidism as a topic. Quite frankly, I enjoyed Roald Dahl's "Witches" the movie better, and yes I am an adult and no I don't like that film either. To sum the film up... shocking, for all the wrong reasons. And as for that acting...
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2015
Format: VHS Tape
A mummy movie is possibly the easiest kind of horror movie to make -- it comes to life and terrorizes the living. Simple, but effective.

And yet "The Eternal: Kiss of the Mummy" (aka "Trance") has managed to screw that simple formula up. Despite the ever-interesting presence of Christopher Walken and some pretty cinematography, the story itself is a flaccid, flabby mess of plot holes and basic writing errors -- including some of the least sympathetic characters I've ever seen in a movie.

Nora (Alison Elliott) and Jim (Jared Harris) are a pair of wealthy alcoholics in New York, who have decided to dry out on a visit to her grandmother in Ireland. Yes, they plan to dry out in the land of Guinness, because apparently it doesn't count as booze. But when they arrive, Nora immediately blacks out and crashes the car.

And it keeps getting better -- her grandmother has that highly selected senility you only see in movies, and her weird uncle Bill (Walken) only seems interested in the bog-preserved mummy of a druid witch who murder-suicided in the Iron Age. Of course, the mummy comes back to life... for no reason that's ever explained... and she looks exactly like Nora. Now she apparently wants to steal Nora's body... even though her own body seems to be working fine.

Director/writer Michael Almereyda seems to have only a vague idea of how proper storytelling works. Important characters appear without introduction two-thirds of the way through, logic is constantly violated (so Niamh doesn't realize that a cigarette is ON FIRE, but she knows what whiskey is?), and the awkward climax ends up pretty much making no sense at all.

Worst of all: huge oozing lumps of exposition are constantly thrown at us like lumps of excrement...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bibi on 29 July 2003
Format: DVD
I wasn't expecting too much as it's a shockingly undermarketed film - considering.
Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised. The cinematography is innovative and beautifully executed. Most of the characters are solid and the main couple endearing. The soundtrack is appropriately eerie and then at times irreverant. The locations, sets, lighting and costumes are excellent.
There are a couple of plot failures - or rather plot jerks, were you feel yourself jumping back out of the screen. In one scene in particular you feel very uncomfortable, almost embarrased for the actors.
Some in our home audience criticised the plot as complex or muddled at the end; and some complained that there were no obvious motives. These are all valid perspectives. The film relies heavily on flashbacks to convey meaning to the present and with a bit of lateral thinking you can work out excactly what's going on.
What grips you about the film from the outset is that it is very atmospheric and cleverly shot. And for those reasons alone you should watch it.
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By Jaye Morgan on 5 May 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is an unusual, often slow-moving film that is full of bizarre aspects that really do meet in a final - strange but satisfactory - conclusion. I first saw this ages back, anticipating - from the cover itself - a no-holds-barred horror - and found instead a collection of likeable characters, some excellent music, and real entertainment. I recommend this horror film.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Francisco on 30 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
This film came as a pleasant surprise for me. I don't know what possessed me to buy it but I'm glad I did.
Nora (Elliot) and Jim (Harris) are an alcoholic couple. They decide to visit, with their 8 year old son, the house where Nora grew up. Nora's uncle has told her that her grandmother is ill. Things go from bad to worse and they end up at the deserted manor without a means of escape.
Before very long Nora's uncle (Walken) shows Nora a the mummified remains of a corpse he claims is a 2,000 year old druid witch.
The main irritant for me was the slow start. Once it gets going it becomes very watchable. There is some gore but it restricted to what is needed to tell the story (thankfully). The second half of the film feels more like a thriller than a horror. Elliot does well playing the roles of both Nora and the witch.
To summarise -- it's a very entertaining film but you have to persevere at the beginning.
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