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Friday, June 13, 2014

Tale Of The Mummy (1998)

A group of archaeologists return to an ancient Egyptian tomb some 50 years after it was first discovered by the grandfather (Christopher Lee) of one (Louise Lombard) of the archaeological team. When they return to London with the tomb's artifacts, a series of serial killings begin to occur. The detective (Jason Scott Lee, DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY) assigned to the case suspects the killings may be tied to the discovery of the tomb. For a mummy horror film, this "B" movie has no atmosphere and very little tension. I mean how scary is a bunch of gauze bandages floating around London and strangling people? Granted I saw the American cut which is some 20 minutes shorter than the international cut but I doubt those 20 minutes would add much terror to the proceedings. There is one effective moment when a spiritualist (Shelley Duvall) brings a corpse to life but overall, those kind of moments are few and far between and the final shot is laughable. Directed by Russell Mulcahy (HIGHLANDER). With Gerard Butler, Honor Blackman (wasted), Lysette Anthony, Michael Lerner and Sean Pertwee.

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