Trance (1998 film)
DVD cover for the Trance
|Directed by||Michael Almereyda|
|Written by||Michael Almareyda|
|Music by||Simon Fisher-Turner|
|Edited by||Tracy Granger
Trance (retitled The Eternal for DVD release) is a 1998 horror film. Trance is commonly mistaken to be a remake of the 1932 film The Mummy, although it isn't. It was directed and written by Michael Almereyda. The film's score features music by Mark Geary. It premiered on Toronto Film Festival, and was released as direct-to-video in the USA, UK and many parts of the world including Argentina, Germany, Spain, Azerbaijan, Russia and many more.
Nora (Elliott) is a young American woman of Irish origin who suffers from alcoholism. She and her husband Jim (Harris) are coming home from a night of drinking when Nora has an accident, tumbling down the stairs of their New York apartment building. Nora survives the fall, but is soon visited by headaches, nosebleeds and hallucinations. Determined to dry out for the sake of their young son, the couple head to Ireland, where they pay a visit Nora's grandmother and Uncle Bill Ferriter (Walken) in their huge, labyrinthian mansion. Uncle Bill harbors a dark and fascinating secret in the basement: the perfectly preserved, mummified remains of a Druid witch; one of the "bog-men". It is revealed that this corpse is a distant ancestor of Nora's. Uncle Bill explains to her that the druid witch was neither good nor evil in her life, but more like a force of nature. However, the witch comes to life and attempts to steal the body, soul and identity of her hapless descendant.
- Alison Elliott as Nora / Niamh
- Rachel O'Rourke as Alice
- Jared Harris as Jim
- Jeffrey Goldschrafe as Jim, Jr.
- Christopher Walken as Uncle Bill Ferriter
- Lois Smith as Mrs. Ferriter
- Sinead Dolan as Nora's mother
- Raina Feig as Young Nora
- Jason Miller as The Doctor
- Paul Ferriter as Joe
- David Geary as Nora's Father
Trance received mixed reviews from critics. Film review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a "rotten" score of 33% based on 10 reviews. For David Nusair (from Reel Film Reviews) film is "just silly and not the least bit scary". Mark R. Leeper said for film "This is the kind of film you used to see in the 60s from small studios like Tigon" and also he said "Once it gets going it is entertaining but it would be hard to claim it is actually a good film." 
Awards and nomination
|Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival|
|1998||Jared Harris||Won||Best Actor|
|Michael Almereyda||Nominated||Best Film|