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Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Mummy's Curse (1944)

Same mummy played, yet again, by Lon Chaney Jr.  Different evil priest.  The worst French-Italian-Spanish-Cajun accents I've ever heard.  An abandoned church turned into an Egyptian shrine.  A long unnecessary flashback.  It all adds up to yet another [insert yawn] sequel to the 1932 classic The Mummy.
The good news: The scene of Princess Ananka  rising from the dirt and walking into the swamp.  It's a really nice visual and quite effective.
The bad news:  Where do I begin?  Let's start with the moment when the mummy princess rises from the swamp as a squeaky clean zombified woman.  She was much better when encrusted with dirt.  It just doesn't make any sense whatsoever.
My favorite WTF moment is the opening musical number.  Yes, that's what I said, musical number.  Seriously?  Other musical moments follow and as far as I'm concerned they could have all been left out of this movie altogether.
Then there's the problem with the plot.  In The Mummy's Ghost, Kharis and Ananka enter into a swamp in New England at the end of the film.  Now, in The Mummy's Curse they rise from a Louisiana Bayou.  How does that happen?  Apparently the screen writers could have cared less.
Chaney's mummy is fine but David Carradine is sorely missed as the evil priest.  The priest in this film just doesn't cut it.  Furthermore, Jack Pierce does the make up but brings nothing new or exciting to the table except the scene of Ananka rising from the dirt.  He had the opportunity to do something wonderful with the princess but because of either a limited budget or lack of imagination missed his chance.  I'm a huge fan of Jack Pierce's work so I hate to see him do average work when he's capable of so much more.
Like the endless Elm Street and Friday the 13th sequels, it leaves me wondering what the point of The Mummy's Curse is besides milking the cash cow for more money.  Ho-hum.
RATING: Fair.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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