Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dawn of the Mummy (1981)

After a trio of thieves disturb the ancient resting place of Sefaraman, they unwittingly unleash the mummy's curse upon the land! ...Or at least upon a group of unlucky fashion models that stumble upon the tomb by mistake. As the title implies, DAWN OF THE MUMMY is a mish-mash of the zombie and mummy movies of the late 70's and early 80's, turning the vengeful spirits of the pharaohs into a pack of flesh-eating ghouls. Although utterly ridiculous and genuinely terrible, the film does have its creepy moments. In its most effective scene, the buried mummies reach out from beneath the desert sands and drag their victims to their doom. Most others consist of bad acting mixed with gratuitous gore, but there is plenty of gut-munching and neck-chewing to go around. Ironically, this trashy B-movie was the first mummy picture to actually be filmed in Egypt as part of an American/Arabic production, which at least creates a beautiful backdrop behind the carnage. For the most part, DAWN OF THE MUMMY is a curse upon its viewers.

Rating: 4/10.
Gore: 6/10.
Entertainment: 6/10.

Movies like DAWN OF THE MUMMY:
OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES, THE MUMMY LIVES, ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS.

4 comments:

  1. How many "Dawns" has "Dawn of the Dead" inspired, I wonder? Title-wise, I mean.

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  2. I've always had a fondness for this one. I was shocked when a local TV station showed it on two different occasions uncut (Midnight the first time and 2am the second time) and with the brightest night time scenes that none of the DVD's have yet to improve on.

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  3. Is this movie stupid? Yes.

    Is it hilarious? Yes.

    The only thing that tops it is the sheer ridiculousness of 'The Mummy Theme Park.' Now THAT is some Grade-A Crap.

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  4. There must be a list somewhere Laz, but I estimate a minimum of 5-10.

    V and Alec, no one can deny the sleazy fun that this one represents. I just love how the most logical choice was to have fashion models happen the tomb.

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