Thursday, April 16, 2015

Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy

In ancient Egypt, a sinister and murderous prince named Talos is sentenced to death for his crimes, and a curse is placed upon his tomb. Many years later, archeologist Sir Richard Turkel (Christopher Lee) discovers Talos's tomb while on a dig in the Middle East. While Turkel warns his associates not to disturb his burial grounds for fear of angering the evil spirits, the grave is opened anyway and soon Turkel and his men meet a grisly fate. A few decades later, Turkel's granddaughter Samantha (Louise Lombard) is following in Richard's footsteps and has uncovered Talos's sarcophagus, which is to be displayed at a museum in England. However, while Talos's decaying corpse is no longer confined within his gauze wrappings, the bandages have absorbed his evil spirit and have taken on a life of their own.

Upon arrival in London, the fabric develops a taste for blood and goes on a murderous rampage, leaving bodies in their wake and presenting a very puzzling case for Riley (Jason Scott Lee), an American detective on assignment in the United Kingdom. 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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