Sunday, March 8, 2015

Film: Tale of the Mummy

Centuries ago, under the sands of ancient Egypt, a prince was buried and his tomb eternally curses so that no man would ever again suffer from his evil ways. But hundreds of years later on a greedy search for treasure, a group of archaeologists break the curses seal of the tomb. Every man vanishes without a trace, leaving behind only a log book - and a deadly warning of the legend of the bloodthursty TALOS. Fifty years later the log book ends up in the hands of the granddaughter of the head archaeologist, and she defiantly sets out to retrace his steps. Discovering the forbidden treasure, she recovers a sacred amulet and once again unleashes the savage power of the tomb. Racing through the streets of London, and against the force of a rare interplanetary lineup, she, along with the help of her original dig team and an American detective, desperately try to turn back the inhuman curse and to keep Talos from destroying all in his path in an attempt to gain immortal power.

Director Russell Mulcahy claims one of his key inspirations was a scene from the 1959 Hammer Films version of The Mummy (which starred Christopher Lee) that appeared on the poster but not in the actual film - in which a beam of light shone through a hole in the Mummy's chest. Also appearing are Lysette Anthony, Honor Blackman and Shelley Duvall. The film was originally shown under the title Talos The Mummy.

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