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The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Thriller | Mystery  -  8 May 1980 (USA)
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After an archeological expedition discovers the tomb of the Egyptian king Tutankhamen, many of the scientists, engineers and workmen begin mysteriously dying off.

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When archaeologists open up the tomb of the Egyptian pharoah Tutenankamen, they see an inscription that places a curse on anyone who violates the tomb. Soon people who were involved with the excavation begin dying mysteriously. Written by Anonymous

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Filming started with 'Ian Mcshane' as Howard Carter but he was injured in an automobile accident. Robin Ellis was cast at very short notice. See more »

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How many times (and movies) does it take people to learn not to disturb mummies' tombs?
14 September 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

OK, I don't know how many movies there have been about some idiot archaeologist deciding that being a rich white guy makes it alright to dig up other cultures' kings, thereby incurring the spirits' wrath; as it is, this premise sounds like the forbear of the rules for surviving horror movies as laid out in "Scream". "The Curse of King Tut's Tomb" is yet another addition in the genre, specifically focusing on Howard Carter (Robin Ellis), famous for finding Tutankhamen's burial site.

I could pretty much predict the sorts of things that were going to happen. This seems like the kind of movie that they made because there was absolutely nothing else to do. Probably the strangest aspect was that they gave Eva Marie Saint and Raymond Burr these supporting roles; having starred in Alfred Hitchcock movies - hell, Eva Marie Saint has won an Oscar - they deserve better than this.

Is it a terrible movie? Well, I wouldn't go so far as to say that (after dreck like "My Dream Is Yours", "Baryshnya-Krestyanka" and "Everyone Says I Love You", almost anything seems at least tolerable). The acting passes. It's just that the whole let's-see-what-happens-when-we-dig-up-the-mummy routine got old a long time ago (in the past year, I've also seen the Egypt-set horror flicks "The Awakening" and "Sphinx"). So don't make it your first choice. Also starring Tom Baker and narrated by Paul Scofield.


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