Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser, Child’s Play, Scream, Saw, Alien, Predator, Evil Dead – Film critic Steve Hutchison covers some of his favorite horror movie franchises, providing a synopsis, a review, and ranking all installments.
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The first scene leads us to believe we’re watching a classic Christopher Lee Gothic monster movie. Fast forward a few decades; we’re introduced to Jason Scott Lee, Sean Pertwee, Shelley Duvall, Louise Lombard, and Gerard Butler, who do what they can with a complicated script. Stephen Sommers swept this clusterfuck under the rug with his own Mummy movie, the following year.
Sommer’s film franchise was better in every way and sent Tale of the Mummy into oblivion. Considering how iconic they are in Horrorland, strangely, mummy films are usually far and few between. We take what we can. The threat, here, as initially introduced, is a linen cloth that suffocates its victims. Needless to say, there’s a whole lot of CG involved; 1998 CGI, the best kind!
For some reason, the studios won’t give us that quintessential mummy; the one wrapped in bandages that’s closer to a ghoul than this... computer-generated abomination. Ultimately, three things killed this film: its monster, too much backstory, and how fucking miserable its characters are. This is a no-fun zone. Whoever fooled these actors into signing that contract must’ve been pretty persuasive.