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directed by Johnny Tabor
US/Venezuela 2014

 

Egyptologist Dr. Behar (Tim Maloney) and his cameraman discovers the hidden tomb he believed to belong to a "cursed king" whose power-mad brother had him mummified alive, a videotape in a camera discovered by Bedouins offers is all that remains and the American government assumes that he was the victim of local extremists. When billionaire collector Carl (Danny Glover, MANDERLAY) learns that archaeologist Jeremy Cooper (Eric Young, THE ODD WAY HOME) is mounting an expedition to find the tomb, he contacts unscrupulous but brilliant Egyptologist Jack Wells (William McNamara, TERROR AT THE OPERA) to find his way onto the expedition and retrieve the Codex Stone, a precious jewel buried with the king to prevent him from rising and seeking vengeance on his brother. Fitted with secret military technology spycam glasses and an earpiece the allows Carl to see what Jack sees and communicate with him via satellite, he joins Cooper's team which consists entirely of gung-ho Greg (Philip Marlatt, SUPERNATURAL ACTIVITY), whiny Marty (Robin Steffen, PHASE TWO), security expert Kate (Andrea Monier, THE BLACK WATER VAMPIRE), and mysterious guide Hassan (Michael Cortez). They find the entrance to the tomb, but a series of scuffles with boarder guards, Cooper wants to leave until things settle down in the area. An earth tremor, however, leaves the group trapped in the caves and Jack discovers via a panel of hieroglyphics that the only exit may be through the burial chamber itself (which also allows him the opportunity to find the jewel). It soon becomes evident, however, that something else lurks in the tombs and starts picking them off one-by-one. Is it the spirit of the cursed king or someone else in search of the Codex Stone... well, the title is DAY OF THE MUMMY.

Shot on location in Venezuela, DAY OF THE MUMMY is a cheap but fairly entertaining time-waster that is long on talk and short on mummy action. A slumming although seemingly game Glover almost literally phones in his performance, appearing as a webcam image and in a pop-up video screen on Wells' spycam (until the mid-credits bonus scene) while McNamara is largely replaced by a cameraman simulating his point-of-view (apart from a couple shots where he takes his glasses off to remind us that he's there on the set) while his dubbed-in audio quality of his dialogue can at least be explained as being heard by us as it is transmitted by satellite rather than being spoken off-screen. Sex and gore are minimal despite the usual allusions to Egyptian mummification ritual details, the tituar mummy at least does not appear to be a CGI creation, and the production does what it can with the burial chamber on a budget (the script has it that the low-rent burial was intended as a sign of disrespect to the cursed king). The film will probably find most of its audience on the rental/streaming market.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 20 October 2014 (UK)

 

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DVD Review: Image Entertainment/RLJ Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL

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Image Entertainment/RLJ Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:16:45 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.44 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment/RLJ Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Start-up trailers for 'Penthouse North', 'Varsity Blood', and 'Werewolf Rising'

DVD Release Date: October 20th, 2014
Amaray

Chapters 6

 

 

 

Comments

Image Entertainment's single-layer DVD features a serviceable encode of this low-budget but relatively slick high definition production (the only way of seeing it at full resolution currently is from streaming services). The 5.1 track isn't as busy as one would like for a horror movie, particularly one set in creepy catacombs, but it has a bit more depth than the 2.0 downmix (which upmixes well enough). The only extras are the three start-up trailers.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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