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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Mummy Lives (1993)

While The Mummy Lives falls beyond my usual cut-off date of 1990, I thought it needed to be reviewed since no one ever talks about this version of the Mummy legend.  I found a copy of this in the $3.00 bin at my local used CD/DVD store.  The verdict?  It’s a mixed bag that could have been so much better than it turned out to be.

The good news: The cinematography by Avi Koren was quite nice.  Portions of the movie were actually filmed in Cairo and Luxor.  This was a nice change from the usual backlot mummy film.  I’ve visited both Cairo and Luxor and can vouch the film crew was
actually there!  The scenes inside the tomb aren’t bad either even though they were  clearly filmed in a studio.

The bad news: There’s lots of it.  First of all, Tony Curtis [Some Like It Hot, The Defiant Ones], who is usually good, is just god-awful in this movie.  His acting is wooden and stiff.  Perhaps some of this can be blamed on the director but Curtis shares some responsibility for this.  The rest of the cast is equally as tepid.

Further bad news comes with the plot which is predictable every step of the way.  It borrows everything from the old 1940s films starring Boris Karloff and does nothing to add to the Mummy legend.  The ending is also painful when the “god vengeance” is suddenly given a voice.  It’s groan-worthy to say the least!

The Mummy Lives has been ripped to shreds on IMDB with a 3.3 rating.  I think it’s a bit unfair.  Yes the acting is quite bad but the visuals are enough to make the film watchable.  It’s hardly the best film I’ve ever seen, but it ain’t the worst either!

RATING: Fair.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.


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