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Dawn of the Mummy (1981)

Unrated | | Horror | 11 December 1981 (USA)
A group of fashion models disturb the tomb of a mummy and revive an ancient curse. Along with the mummy rising, slaves who were buried in the desert thousands of years before, also rise, with a craving for human flesh.

Director:

Frank Agrama

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Daria Price (screenplay), Ronald Dobrin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Brenda Siemer Scheider ... Lisa (as Brenda King)
Barry Sattels Barry Sattels ... Bill
George Peck George Peck ... Rick
John Salvo John Salvo ... Gary
Ibrahim Khan Ibrahim Khan ... Karib
Joan Levy Joan Levy ... Jenny
Ellen Faison Ellen Faison ... Melinda (as Ellene Faison)
Diane Beatty Diane Beatty ... June
Ali Gohar Ali Gohar ... Tarak
Ahmed Rateb Ahmed Rateb ... Omar (as Ahmed Ratib)
Baher Saied Baher Saied ... Egyptian
Ali Azab Ali Azab ... Egyptian
Ahmed Laban Ahmed Laban ... Egyptian
Laila Nasr ... High Priestess / Xena
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A group of fashion models disturb the tomb of a mummy and revive an ancient curse. Along with the mummy rising, slaves who were buried in the desert thousands of years before, also rise, with a craving for human flesh.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A monstrous, chilling terror stalking the living ... See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Mumie des Pharao See more »

Filming Locations:

The Nile Studio, Cairo, Egypt See more »

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Production Co:

Harmony Gold See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 27 secs by the BBFC and the same print was released on the Videospace label before the introduction of the VRA (Video Recordings Act). When the film was officially released on video in 1987 it received 1 min 43 secs of censor cuts with edits to all flesh eating scenes, an eye gouging, the stabbing of a man's head with a meat cleaver, and a woman being bitten in the neck and dragged under the sand. The cuts were waived in 2003 and the film was released unedited on the Anchor Bay label. See more »

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YAWN OF THE MUMMY
24 November 2002 | by johnmorghenSee all my reviews

Since HBO/Thorn EMI's domestic video release has long since been retired, the film itself has become a rarity and sought after by many a horror fan. And, I was no exception. Even when the film was in print, I still had trouble. When I was a kid, all the "cool looking" horror films I wanted to see where never available at the video store my family went to, but rather at video stores in other cities and such. This was the case with "DAWN OF THE MUMMY" and I finally secured a copy after all these years. Less than one hour later, my unknowing plight with insomnia had been cured.

First of all, I don't care what anyone says, this is NOT an Italian horror film. This common rumor is not only inaccurate but inappropriate to an established style of filmmaking. What we have here is an American and Arabian co-production, and it shows.

The pacing is absolutely horrible. After spending 40 minutes of ridiculous padding, we finally see the resurrection of an actual mummy. This particular shot is edited quite nicely and stands as one of the two interesting sequences throughout the film. The other, takes place several minutes later, when a horde of flesh hungry mummified zombies rise from the sands of the desert. And, there you have it. That's it. Back to the slo-mo carnage.

If you want blood, you've got it... Sloppy Joe style. Most fans of zombie films crave the gore sequences, and I suppose I do as well to some extent. If it is handled in the right way, it can add to the film, but if it maintains the inept "BURIAL GROUND" approach, as this film does, I soon lose interest.

All in all, I can only recommend the film for it's terrific poster artwork (which lured me to watching it in the first place), a great score and the two sequences mentioned earlier.

That's all for now.


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