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The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller, Mystery | TV Movie 8 May 1980
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Princess Vilma
Lady Evelyn Herbert
Giovanna Antoniella
Lady Almina Carnarvon
'Posh' Lady
John Palmer ...
Darien Angadi ...
Rupert Frazer ...
Stefan Kalipha ...


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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8 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Maldição do Túmulo de Tutankhamen  »

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1.33 : 1
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Jonash Sabastian: Pack carefully. We leave tonight.
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rather cheesy but for Tut fans worth a sit
10 December 2016 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

This does feature authentic locations--I've been to the tomb and to the Valley of the Kings--and so it was a good choice to actually go film there. However this seems to have taken so much money that the production values get pretty thin. Burr,and, and others wearing dark makeup to pass as Arabs and Egyptians would be one problem but when you can see where their real light skin color sticks out from the sides it's distractingly fake. Music score by Veteran Gil Melle is also rather cheesy--not many players in his orchestra though at least it isn't totally a synth job as would around this time become the norm for TV. The music tends to want to play generic period hotel music rather than effectively sell the spooky and atmospheric elements of the story--which could use the help from music and don't get it.

The tomb artifacts are unevenly done and the whole thing is pretty poorly photographed. The lights go out in the tomb, supposedly, yet it looks like it is lit with car headlights. All these type problems are typical of TV movies on that era. The most famous and beautiful object in the tomb is the famous Golden Mask and this is really poorly done when we see it in the film--otherwise I blame the way things are lit more than the prop man.

Where the story goes wrong is in attempting to show clearly supernatural effects of the curse--all of which are really cheaply done, and yet trying to maintain a semi-realistic true to the facts presentation of the actual discovery. The discovery aspects are much better done than the repeated TV movie zoom shots of statures faces with "scary" lighting. Director Leacock in other work did manage to pull off scares and atmosphere but for probably a variety of reasons he can't do it here. At scorpion attack and snake attacks are really badly done in total Z grade movie fashion.

The script is also pretty cheesy, true the actors do what they can with it. There are probably too many people/characters to really bring across any other them completely. Only Harry Andrews comes across as a total character.

Overall the real Egyptian locations and some passing references and shape of the real discovery hold this together for people pre-disposed to like this kind of thing--as I am. As tourism by proxy it works OK and the period cars and airplanes and such are well done, unfortunately a lot of quick and dirty TV movie problems hamper it.

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