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Now this is what sexploitation is all about.
In MUMMY'S KISS: 2ND DYNASTY (Donald F. Glut, 2006), an aging museum curator (Kylie Wyote) gets spurned by two beautiful women (Stacy Burke; Cindy Pucci) and decides to extract revenge by use of an ancient spell to reanimate a Mummy from the days of the Pharoahs. She maintains this Mummy's "afterlife" by delivering to its goddess (Andrea Smith) the "kas," or life energies, of several beautiful women, starting with the two that spurned her. A plucky reporter (Christina Nguyen), looking for a story to sell to her tabloid newspaper, stumbles into this plot, and when the curator runs afoul the goddess herself, the reporter Elise (Lam) gets caught in the middle. Will anybody be able to stop Dr. Zita (Wyote) before Elise becomes a victim? That's the movie in a nutshell.
MUMMY'S KISS: 2ND DYNASTY, is a "sexploitation" film in the truest sense - it's a B movie whose primary focus is showing us beautiful women in various states of undress, and this movie has the beautiful women part in spades. Besides Nguyen, Burke, Pucci, and Andrea Smith, the biggest find for me were the Potter twins, who play handmaidens, a throwback to my favorite sexy act of the past twenty years, the now aging and defunct Morrell twins. Like the Morrells, the Potter twins are busty, spend this entire film topless, and fun to look at it. So this movie has it covered from every angle in the girl department. More importantly, its director, Donald Glut, is a veteran of the sexploitation genre, and like all of the great sexploitation filmmakers (Russ Meyer, Roger Corman, William Castle, Dave Friedman, Andy Sidaris, et. al), there is a method to his madness. There are dozens of references to old Universal and Hammer monster movies in this film, particularly the Mummy ones, appropriately enough, and in this way, the movie also pays homage to the history of its own genre. At the same time, the production design is beautiful - four color and glossy, just like I like it, with the makeup effects and wardrobe matching everything to a "t". MUMMY'S KISS: 2ND DYNASTY even has some cgi, just enough to make it a little better than a pure low budget feature. Like the best B movies, it's a lot of fun, and I really dug the Hell out of it. Definitely recommended if you're into this genre.
My only criticism would be in the story. Believe it or not, there is an art to making a sexploitation movie, and that centers around the fact that what makes a movie like this sexy is that it has enough story to keep it somewhat believeable, at least believeable enough to pay off the sex. That is to say, the difference between a sexploitation film and, say, a _Playboy_ video is that the _Playboy_ video has no story - it's just a visual depiction of beautiful women in the nude. A sexploitation movie has a story so that your imagination can somehow make the sex more real - the goal is for the audience to fantasize that this could be really happening, ideally, to them, within the context of the fantasy universe, and for this reason, I felt that the half-assed working of the supernatural part fell a bit short. Zita steals women's kas, and then she decides that she's going to defy the goddess by what? Stealing a /ton/ of kas?! It didn't make a Heullva lot of sense. A sharper story would have been to say something like she's going to turn Elise into a mummy or something, thus replacing the original Mummy and taking control of it for herself. The logical strain on the Mummy bit wears thin after a while, making the ending somewhat unsatisfying to me. I wish it had been cleaned up better. (And the stuff with the guy (Mark Bedell) being attracted to Elise to the point that his secretary (Yuu Asakura) tries to imitate her to attract him totally falls flat. When we see the secretary, it feels like he's some sleaze who keeps Asian girls around because he's a pervert, so when Elise kisses him later, it totally comes out of left field).
Still, the fact of the matter is this: Exploitation movie making, to me, is the purest kind of filmmaking there is, because it's unapologetic about what it is, and as a result, there are no restrictions on what it can do, besides the logistics of budget and whatnot. With no studio to dictate content, it's free to be as sexy or scary or ridiculous as it wants to be. And I've always felt that exploitation filmmakers were having the most fun making movies. It should come as no surprise, then, that everybody involved in this film seems to be having the time of their lives, and as a result, it's a lot of fun for us, the audience, too. MUMMY'S KISS: 2ND DYNASTY is a sexy, fun little film that will give anybody who's into this sort of thing exactly what they paid for. On a scale of one to ten, it's an eight at least. Check it out.