Russell Mulcahy’s Tale of the Mummy (1998) – Film

“Tale of the Mummy”

#25 of the 31 days of horror challenge.  (These reviews will be more raw due to the nature of the challenge.)

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A cursed Egyptian prince, Talos, is awakened and begins collecting the parts he needs from the decedents of his followers  so he can be resurrected at the planetary alignment.    While the archeologists who wakened him and the cops investigating the murders Talos leaves in his path must try to stop him.

I actually chose to watch this because as I was scrolling through Netflix I saw Sean Pertwee’s (John Pertwee’s son for those of us who are Doctor Who geeks) name and was curious. Given the cast, this movie could have been so much better. The plot was a twist on the basic mummy story. I was really surprised at the names in this, Lysette Anthony, Christopher Lee, Gerard Butler, Jack Davenport Jason Scott Lee, and more. I don’t think that Jason Scott Lee made the best “hero,” I so wanted him to die. I did think that Pertwee’s performance was compelling. The real problem with this film was the CGI. The mummy creature looked like dirty toilet paper flying around and once that comparison was made, it stuck. Which would have been fine in a comedy, which this wasn’t. I might give it another chance at some point.

I gave this 2 1/2 rum & cokes.

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