Dawn of the Mummy title

Tag line : They came from the dead to feast on the living

Dawn of the MummySet on the edge of the Sahara Desert, a small group of mercenaries and scientific types are excavating the ancient tomb of Safiraman, a murderous pharaoh who reigned around 3000BC.

Ignoring the warnings from the local loony woman (why is there ALWAYS a loony in these films?), they blast open the entrance and start hunting for the hidden treasure that lies within. However, their search is interrupted by a nosy photographer and his group of fashion models, who’re out on a location shoot amongst the pyramids.

Not wanting to attract unnecessary attention to what they’re really after, they inform the photographic crew that they’re merely doing an archaeological dig and reluctantly agree to let them use the tomb as part of their photo shoot.

Of course it isn’t too long before the old Egyptian curse on the place kicks in and people start going missing and meeting a rather unpleasant demise. With people getting decapitated, dismembered and disembowelled in loving detail by murderous mummies. Then if all that wasn’t enough, Safiraman’s army of the dead (all 6 of them that is) rise up in force at the end and, in true George Romero style, start massacring and devouring the nearby townsfolk during a wedding celebration.

Sort of a cross between “Dawn of the Dead” and “The Mummy” (hence the title) this is a highly enjoyable trashy zombie pic. Features plenty of low budget gore effects that should keep lovers of Italian zombie films very happy indeed. Checkout the “highly” convincing rubber dummy getting the meat clever in the head near the end. Hilarious stuff indeed.

Overall marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Co-writer Frank Agrama was originally attached as the films producer. However, he was also forced to take over as director after the original director became ill through eating too many mangos (strange but true).

  • The films budget was under $500,000 and was shot in 22 days.

  • The movie was filmed on location in Cairo Egypt.

  • Although supposedly set in the middle of the desert, they were actually just over the next ridge from their hotel.

  • Frank Agrama also directed the King Kong spoof "Queen Kong" starring Robin Askwith.

  • The original UK video was cut by around 1m45s, which removed the cannibalism, neck biting and the knife in the head.

  • George Peck, who played Bill, went onto play Dr Magrew in "Curse of the Puppet Master". Barry Sattels (Gary) went on to play Tony Stantinopolis in 80's cop show "Cagney and Lacey" and Brenda King (Lisa), went onto play Carol Bridger in the ill-fated 90's sci-fi show Sea Quest DSV.

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