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A tomb robber steals artifacts from an unmarked tomb in Egypt and sells them to different archeologists in America. This displeases the immortal woman whose tomb has been desecrated, so she follows the artifacts to America, where she busies herself extracting revenge for the theft. Written by
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The 1980s was an interesting time for movies, which is both good and bad. Horror was red hot and just about every filmmaker in the industry wanted a piece of the pie. They could be made on a super low budget and on video store shelves quite fast. Just about every hit genre film was copied, but never equaled. There were many takes on Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man ranging from the very good (i.e. An American Werewolf in London and Fright Night) to the ridiculous (i.e. Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf). Fred Olen Ray is one of the most prolific low budget filmmakers in the business and has made films involving just about every classic movie monster. When you think about it, 'The Tomb' is really just a quickie version of Universal's 'The Mummy' with a few changes. Doesn't mean it's not any good, but it's hardly the cream of the crop either.
Pros: Some of the actors give it their all. Fun Adventure movie like score and very 80s soundtrack. Energetic pace. Some of the make-up effects are actually pretty good. Campy to the max.
Cons: Some of the cast phones it in. Nothing here you haven't seen before. Dimestore production values. Lame attempts at humor. Cheesy visual effects. Mostly flat direction.
Final thoughts: The artwork for this film makes it look like it would be a wild ride. However, that's one of the major downsides of these ultra low budget Horror films of the 1980s. 'The Tomb' is not without it's charms and can be enjoyed if in the right mood, but is not worth searching far and wide for. For fans of mummy movies, the director, and/or any of the cast go ahead and give it a shot.
My rating: 2.5/5
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