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on 23 April 2015
After a damned Egyptian tomb is opened by some treasure hunters with the aid of a group of US models, a vengeful mummy rises and hoards of others kill everyone in their path.

A wonderfully bad mummy gore flick. Featuring some hilariously bad acting, sets which look like they were built from chipboard, golden props made out of wood, an almost laughable story and a frankly tedious opening half, will lead you to believe that this is an absolutely awful film, however this is so much better than you'd ever expect. The Shuki Levy soundtrack particularly the closing theme is great, the genuine Egyptian locals are a real bonus (even adding dare I say it some believability to proceedings) & even some of the gore effects aren't that bad, but it's the last 30mins that the film bursts into life, the pace & gore gets ramped up becoming quite exciting at times, with a very good climax in the town centre.

A film like this low budget, no brainer really has no right to be as much fun as it becomes in the last 3rd, yes the first 50mins are nothing but a (very) long set up for the finale, but the pay off is great and a lot of over the top fun can be had (some scenes are genuinely funny) just don't go into this looking for a serious mummy movie. This was another film that was placed on the section 3 list, the DPP clearly not seeing any fun in this offering.
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First the good points, the idea of having a fashion shoot with "the best models in town (sic)" inside an ancient tomb was interesting, the gore was fine for its day but won't impress most modern viewers the attack on the wedding party is pretty decent though. Local laws meant that the fashion shoot couldn't be as racy as they may have wanted it to be, which is a shame as it needed a good prod at times.
It is slow to start, the Ancient Egyptian intro with the riders kidnapping children seems to have no relevance to the next scene where the mummy is buried and on the commentary director Frank Agrama couldn't even remember filming that scene which says a lot about its relevance.
I saw this movie when it came out first time and was amazed when it was placed on any banned list, I got this as I could only remember a few scsnes and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Age hasn't been kind to it.
Over time it has developed a cult status as the commentary by Agrama and horror expert Del Howison discuss in depth as the film goes on. Not that Agrama will be bothered too much as it was made for around $500,000 and has made that back many times over.
For Mummy movie completists only.
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on 2 April 2003
This film is a limp cash-in on George Romero's seminal Zombie film. Hence the title. Fans of Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eater's might like to add this to their collection, as eventually, after much boring dialogue, the viewer is treated to the film's only great squence, as the titular mummy's rise from the desert to go on a gory rampage in a near-by town.
How much gore you get for your quid, depends on the BBFC, as this was once on the banned list.
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on 20 September 2007
A group of tomb raiders enter the resting place of an ancient pharaoh to steal hidden treasure they suspect is there. Meanwhile a photographer and some airhead fashion models stumble upon them and they decide to start a fashion shoot in the tomb! With their resting place disturbed the avenging mummies rise to get some payback.
"Dawn Of The Mummy" from 1981 has far more in common with "Dawn of The Dead" and "Zombie" than it does with any mummy flick of old, but I'm afraid to say it's a pretty boring film that takes ages to get going. The acting is poor and it gets tedious but the characters do have a certain so bad type charm about them. There's a nice scene when the mummies rise from the desert sand but sadly they then don't seem to do anything for the next 40 minutes. Already at this time the main mummy has risen but there's just constant shots of his eyes as he commits mostly boring off screen killings. Finally in the last 20 minutes or so it gets going and the gore starts to flow. Now we get some cool scenes of mummy/zombie mayhem but by then it's too little too late. 2.5 Stars.
This is not a great film but I'm sure die hard zombie fans will want to seek out.
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on 9 December 2008
A group of fortune hunters disturb the sacred tomb of a mummy, and a group of models and photographers make the unwise decision to do a fashion shoot inside the tomb. Soon they are all in danger as the mummy rises to seek vengeance along with his faithful army of flesh eating undead slaves.
This has a gory, fast moving climax when the mummy and his mates gatecrash a wedding party and start eating the guest list, but in order to watch this the viewer has to sit through long periods of inactivity, some very bad acting(and dubbing) and awful dialogue occasionally livened up by a gory set piece. Unfortunately, the special effects arent up to scratch. A good example of this is when a character gets a meat cleaver in the head. It switches from the real head to a palpably false latex one and back to the real head with absolutely no shame.
So whats good about the film. Well the mummy and his cohorts look good, the climax is reasonably fun and the soundtrack is excellent. Very hard to recommend to anybody to buy though, unless your a horror completist. 2 out of 5
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on 25 April 2003
I cannot believe that this pile of utter tat has finally made it into DVD, with a host of extras as well!
Back in the early eighties, it very quickly became difficult to get hold of certain films in their uncut form and this was one of them. The only reason that the original VHS of the dreadful Bobbee Bresee starrer ‘Mausoleum’ was so popular was because at the end of it you could watch the trailer for ‘Dawn of the Mummy’, which featured quite a few of the gory scenes not deemed fit for British eyes at that time. Unfortunately, when those of us so inclined managed to get hold of the entire film we were in for a big disappointment.
It’s not just that ‘Dawn of the Mummy’ is bad, but that it ruins such potential. Take a great title (with all the inherent possibilities of a George A Romero rip-off), a great premise (when the mummy awakens, so do all the servants who were buried with him, only they come back as kick-ass zombies), a great make-up artist (Maurizio Trani, who assisted Gianetto de Rossi on Lucio Fulci classics amongst others), and some great locations (the pyramids, for God’s sake!) and then bury all the things you have going for it in a vapid, poorly-acted, tedious exercise in exploitation film-making with some of the most dislikeable characters ever committed to celluloid. The bit where the zombies rise from their desert grave is superb, but it’s a case of too little far too late. This is exactly the sort of picture that gives horror movies a bad name.
What about the extras? Well, if I had to compile a list of movies that I thought would never get a commentary this must have been in the top five, and yet here we have Frank Agrama chatting merrily away about the technical aspects of putting together his magnum horrendous. The ‘film notes’ have been written by someone who couldn’t even be bothered to watch the film and who instead gives us a potted history of mummy movies in general. Oh, and there’s the trailer, which is still quite good. In fact it’s a triumph of the trailer-maker’s art as it still makes you want to watch the picture even though you know it’s utter garbage. It’s hard to believe anyone could make films worse than Andrea Bianchi. In fact I think I’d rather watch Burial Ground (The Zombie Dead in the UK) again that have to sit through this. Excruciating.
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on 24 March 2003
I cannot believe that this pile of utter tat has finally made it into DVD, with a host of extras as well!
Back in the early eighties, it very quickly became difficult to get hold of certain films in their uncut form and this was one of them. The only reason that the original VHS of the dreadful Bobbee Bresee starrer ‘Mausoleum’ was so popular was because at the end of it you could watch the trailer for ‘Dawn of the Mummy’, which featured quite a few of the gory scenes not deemed fit for British eyes at that time. Unfortunately, when those of us so inclined managed to get hold of the entire film we were in for a big disappointment.
It’s not just that ‘Dawn of the Mummy’ is bad, but that it ruins such potential. Take a great title (with all the inherent possibilities of a George A Romero rip-off), a great premise (when the mummy awakens, so do all the servants who were buried with him, only they come back as kick-ass zombies), a great make-up artist (Maurizio Trani, who assisted Gianetto de Rossi on Lucio Fulci classics amongst others), and some great locations (the pyramids, for God’s sake!) and then bury all the things you have going for it in a vapid, poorly-acted, tedious exercise in exploitation film-making with some of the most dislikeable characters ever committed to celluloid. The bit where the zombies rise from their desert grave is superb, but it’s a case of too little far too late. This is exactly the sort of picture that gives horror movies a bad name.
What about the extras? Well, if I had to compile a list of movies that I thought would never get a commentary this must have been in the top five, and yet here we have Frank Agrama chatting merrily away about the technical aspects of putting together his magnum horrendous. The ‘film notes’ have been written by someone who couldn’t even be bothered to watch the film and who instead gives us a potted history of mummy movies in general. Oh, and there’s the trailer, which is still quite good. In fact it’s a triumph of the trailer-maker’s art as it still makes you want to watch the picture even though you know it’s utter garbage. It’s hard to believe anyone could make films worse than Andrea Bianchi. In fact I think I’d rather watch Burial Ground (The Zombie Dead in the UK) again that have to sit through this. Excruciating.
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on 26 February 2015
excellent movie really enjoyed it
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on 24 January 2015
loved it
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