Worth A Look: 26.67%
Pretty Bad: 40%
Total Crap: 13.33%
1 review, 9 user ratings
|Mummy's Ghost, The
by Scott Weinberg
About 12 years after Universal had a hit with the original Mummy film, some brilliant executive decided it was time to revisit the bandaged brute. Surely this antagonist had more to say. So in the mid-1940's, Universal delivered four lame-o Mummy sequels that were as silly and un-scary as they were...short. I'm sorry, but in my book anything under 80 minutes simply isn't a movie. It's a soap opera.That's right. I'm reviewing a 61-minute Mummy movie from 1944. It's movies like this that tax a reviewer's brain. How can I fill an entire movie review with interesting analyses when the movie itself is shorter than my average trip to the men's room? OK, I don't really spend an hour in the men's room, but that's a more appealing prospect than watching this woeful Universal monster quickie.
"Gimme a side of Mummy and hold the Ghost."
For the record, the other Mummy movies of which I speak are The Mummy's Hand (1940), The Mummy's Tomb (1942) and The Mummy's Curse (1944). Unfortunately, the Great Ace Bandage Famine of 1946 would completely derail the nearly finished film The Mummy's Larynx and would forever doom the upcoming sequel The Mummy's Ashtray.
The Mummy's Ghost is one slow hour of Mummy-shuffling, head-scratching and befuddled detectives wearing hats. Obviously confident that the Mummy character could succeed without all that pesky "Egyptian" stuff, the producers of this one simply plop a random Mummy down in a New England college campus. This campus is the home of young lovers Tom and Amina. These two are as boring and bland as they are dumb.
After almost witnessing a Mummy-induced death, Amina promptly faints. The police find her unconscious a few feet away from a dead guy who is sporting lots of "mold" on his neck. After her scare, Amina now sports one of those sleek "grey streaks" in her hair that are only caused by fainting in a horror movie, pre-1950.
It seems that the Mummy is searching for his (all together now) lost bride now reincarnated in the body of a beautiful young woman. Since the screenwriters drop about 43 hints early on by describing Amina's character as "an Egyptian", guess which lady will soon by lugged about continuously by the bandaged boob.
Since the movie's only an hour long, you're right to assume that not much of anything at all happens. But you may be in for the longest hour of your life. If you doctor tells you that you have only one hour to live, spend that time watching this movie. Your remaining moments on Earth will seem like an eternity.
Since this is horror movie containing a Mummy, you can expect to see a lot of this stuff:
Man spots Mummy.
He doesn't run.
He gasps a bit and puts his arm up to protect himself.
The Mummy bats the arm away while the victim simply stands right there all gap-faced and loopy.
The Mummy calmly places the palm of his hand upon the victim's neck region, thereby instantly strangling the moron to death.
I'm sorry, but the only people who should be afraid of this particular monster are those who haven't learned how to walk fastly. Stephen Hawking could escape from this guy!
Now, I'm certainly not one to bash an ancient movie just for being old. Universal's 1932 version of The Mummy is a damn solid movie, despite the monster being silly and eminently flammable. But old age only earns a flick so much respect. Much like the unending string of Friday the 13th sequels, these Universal mini-Mummy-movies simply stink of bad filmmaking in the name of a quick buck.
Yes, that's Lon Chaney Jr. playing the Mummy once again, but he's not really doing a damn thing even remotely resembling acting here. Here's an actor wrapped in dirty sheets and coated with mud. Period. In an effort to bring some perhaps subtler character shadings to the Mummy, Chaney takes to cocking one arm at chest-length throughout the film. Picture the Mummy doing an impression of Napoleon and you get the picture. It was silly. Also on hand here is John Carradine, an actor whom I believe was the original inspiration for the word "gaunt". (I'm serious! This actor looks like he has to run around the shower just to get wet.) Carradine plays an evil Egyptian priest who can control the Mummy through use of something called "Tanna leaves". Based on the rampant and eye-rolling silliness that transpires throughout this movie, my guess is that "Tanna" is Egyptian for "wacky tobacky".
So what have we learned?
1. Just because a movie is old, that doesn't make it good.
2. As far as monsters go, the Mummy is a wuss. Macauly Culkin could kick this guy's ancient, bandaged keester.3. If you're being attacked by a Mummy, just run. The goofy doofus apparently can't move quicker than a dead rhino, so just don't look back. Cuz if there's one thing the Mummy does know how to do, it's strangle.
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originally posted: 10/10/01 11:12:13