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An American archaeologist is in Egypt with his pregnant wife, searching for the tomb of a long-lost Egyptian queen. At the same moment he discovers the tomb and opens it's accursed seal, his wife gives birth to his daughter. Years later it transpires that the malevolent spirit of the Egyptian queen left the tomb just as he was entering, and possessed his baby girl. As the truth becomes clear, the archaeologist realizes that he must destroy his daughter in a ceremonial ritual, before she uses her awesome powers to threaten the safety of mankind. Written by
Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>
Ignore the bad reviews the movie got here - I guess they are by people who wanted to see something like "The Mummy" with Brendan Fraser, but this movie is something completely different. This is one of those sophisticated horror movies like "The Haunting" (1963) that build up extreme tension through great directing, acting and an unique score. No silly gore or mummies roaming the landscape. The photography and the directing is great and will capture you immediately. The acting is excellent, Heston is the right guy for this job, just like York and Zimbalist, who is wonderful in impersonating the innocent girl on the one hand and the wicked queen who wants to repeat the affair with her father on the other hand, and this shows one of the deeper meanings of the movie: incest. Kara was forced to marry her father (it was an usual custom in the ancient egypt). The movie is very well historically researched and can give you a lot of info about the ancient egypt. "The Mummy" gets every historic fact ludicrously wrong. This atmospheric movie is one you won't forget, especially the slightly melancholic ending (the melancholic note is delivered by the great score). Yes, you don't really know what will happen, now that Kara is free again, but this is even more than you will know when you have finished the novel, since the novel leaves *everything* unclear, even whether Kara is free or not. And Zimbalist looks simply *great* with that make-up, and her acting is wonderful. This is a movie just screaming for a proper DVD and soundtrack release!
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