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Legend of the Mummy (1998)

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Louis Gossett, Jr. stars in this re-telling of Bram Stoker's "Jewel of the Seven Stars", in which an ages-old mummy is awakened and takes revenge on everyone in an old, gothic mansion.

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Jeffrey Obrow

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Lars Hauglie (adaptation), Jeffrey Obrow (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Corbeck
Amy Locane ... Margaret Trelawny
Eric Lutes ... Robert Wyatt
Mark Lindsay Chapman ... Daw
Lloyd Bochner ... Abel Trelawny
Mary Jo Catlett ... Mrs. Grant
Aubrey Morris ... Doctor Winchester
Laura Otis ... Lily
Julian Stone ... Jimmy
Richard Karn ... Brice Renard
Portia Doubleday ... Young Margaret
Rachel Naples ... Queen Tera
Donald Monat Donald Monat ... Hutchins (as Donald Monet)
Kelly Perine ... Keene
Kahlil G. Sabbagh Kahlil G. Sabbagh ... Bedouin Guide
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Louis Gossett, Jr. stars in this re-telling of Bram Stoker's "Jewel of the Seven Stars", in which an ages-old mummy is awakened and takes revenge on everyone in an old, gothic mansion.

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An Ancient Queen. Her Deadly Curse. The Terror Begins.

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Thriller | Horror

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Rated R for some violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1998 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bram Stoker's The Mummy See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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Color
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Aubrey Morris (Dr. Winchester) played a similar role in Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971), which was also based on the Bram Stoker novel. See more »

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Followed by Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy (1999) See more »

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Cool Hand Mummy?
7 April 2000 | by Adrian-34See all my reviews

Okay, first, I'll make it clear that I am not a Mummy fan. This is not my monster of choice to begin with, but barring that fact I know a bad flick when I see one. I won't insult your intelligence by referring to this as a "film." This was a movie that had the audacity to tie Bram Stoker's name to it in hopes of saving it I assume. If you saw Bram Stoker's Dracula and liked it, don't let this one fool you, it doesn't compare.

Now, if you're that is not to say I hated this, but rather I expected lots more here. First of all, it seemed to remind me way too much of a very lame Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie meets the mummy sort of story and is written, directed and performed pretty much in that tone. If you're a Hammer film fan you may LIKE it, but you won't LOVE it.

The effects are just that, effects. Way too theatrical for this simplistically performed story. The characters are not only unbelievably portrayed and cast but not even exceptionally interesting. Louis Gossett Jr. is of course excellent as always, but even his excellent talents could not save this poor movie. Some of the other cast members were what actually saved this film for me at all.

The plot and story is so predictable. The ending is so over-used it shames the finer points of the whole movie -- What few there were. The seven fingered mummy bit is not only obviously awkward but pathetically prosthetized. The mummy herself is indeed disappointing enough without the bad hand effects. Some of the scenes seem to exist solely as fillers and I wonder if they were ever in Mr. Stoker's original story at all.

Over starved fans of horror, and Hammer films especially, will likely find this some what entertaining at least. Not much quality horror has been produced over the last 20 years or so therefore many will at the least find it watchable or of interest. Being a horror fan, that's pretty much how I found it to be though I would not actively seek out the video to add to my collection especially if paying money is involved. But if you can catch it on cable and have a spare VHS tape it might be fun to add to your collection in jest. Though if you're really looking for a good horror film, with a great story and excellent FX look for and buy The Mummy starring Brendan Frasier, you won't be disappointed.


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