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Dawn of the Mummy (1981)

  Tags: 80's, cheesy, Dawn of the Mummy, Frank Agrama, Mummies

Your rating: None Average: 7 (2 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
4

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Rating #: 
4/10
Director: 
Frank Agrama
Runtime: 
93 minutes
Cast: 
Brenda King, Barry Sattels, George Peck, John Salvo, Ibrahim Khan, Joan Levy, Ellen Faison, Dianne Beatty


Don't let the title fool you, this isn't a cool mummified version of the classic zombie flick Dawn of the Dead. No, this is more like a cheesy attempt at making mummies more like zombies and trying to do it with a straight face. Sure it works in some cases, but not necessarily in this one. Despite that, it's still a fairly decent flick, especially with its $6 dollar price tag I picked it up for. Sadly the movie does have a lot of slow moments and many silly sequences.

The story basically follows a group of fashion models and their photographer’s crew as they make their way through the Egyptian desert in search of a nice setting to take some snazzy photos. They plant themselves next to some boulders, and take some shots. Little do they know that a couple hundred feet away a small group of archeologists are unearthing a recently discovered tomb, where they hope to steal the deceased pharaoh’s gold. Of course their work gets abruptly halted when the fashion crew discovers their tomb and decides to take it over for some more photos. Naturally the mummy is disturbed and awakens, killing all those that get in his way with the aid of fellow dead bodies, which are now walking among the living in search for flesh.

This movie had a cool idea, but it was drowned with too much boring dialogue and slow-paced action. The flick doesn't pick up until towards the end when the mummy and his followers get into the local town, but other than that, we're just forced to view some small deaths here and there, and a lot of speculation from the cast as to what could be going on. Could have been better, but could have been worse. There's not much for blood or gore, but with it's low budget what do you expect?

Another cheesy flick from the 80's, but this time with mummies and wannabe zombies. Was worth an effort, but sadly all the boring dialogue and slow-pace really hurt the flick.

Posted on June 15, 2010 - 11:54am | FrighT MasteR

 

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