Sunday, April 29, 2012
THE SECRET OF THE MUMMY (1983)
I've seen almost every mummy movie made, up to the year 2000. This Brazilian film is one of the most obscure. It was directed by Ivan Cardoso, who made other movies featuring vampires. The great Jose Mojica Marins (aka Coffin Joe) has a very small role at the start as a dying man who has a map to the tomb of a mummy. A scientist who digs it up has also perfected an "immortality" serum that he already has injected into his helper, Ygor (of course). Injecting it into the mummy is the next obvious step. Ygor is kind of like Peter Lorre - bald headed, bug eyed and maniacal. He and the mummy bro up and he uses the mummy to kidnap women after killing their boyfriends. The women are all taken to the same room where for some reason they are insane, naked and fighting each other. The mummy is your usual run of the mill bandage-head. Some of the movie is filmed like old newsreels to give it more of that old film feel. It's not a great movie but it is what it is. Cardoso went on to make the much better The Scarlet Scorpion (1990).