BRAM STOKERS LEGEND OF THE MUMMY
LEGEND OF THE MUMMY
Legend of the Mummy presaged the modern revisionist mummy film that began the next year with Talos the Mummy/Tale of the Mummy (1998), Michael Almereydas amazing The Eternal/Trance (1998) and then the big budget, effects-driven The Mummy (1999). What is immediately apparent is the difference between Legend of the Mummy and these others the others create their mummies and conduct assorted happenings with the full arsenal of tricks from various special effects houses, while Legend of the Mummy is squarely an old-fashioned B-budget mummy movie. If the same plot here had been conducted with the resources available to Talos or The Mummy, this might have been an interesting effort.
Alas, the film is utterly dull. It is drearily photographed in a way that wrings all possible atmosphere out of the film and moreover makes it look cheap and amateurish. Jeffrey Obrow seems unable to invest rudimentary suspense in the show a scene with bugs crawling out of a wall fails to in any way look like anything other than a medium angle shot of some ants milling about. Some of the attack scenes one with a Jamaican investigator who staggers around his room as a diary suddenly explodes into flame on him, and especially a scene where Richard Karns of Home Improvement (1991-9) fame is fried in a telephone box are just plain silly. The initial scenes with the heroines father comatose under puzzling circumstances with a mysterious set of instructions left for how to protect him, and a servant girl hinting at unearthly happenings in the stables, suggests a wonderfully Lovecraftian set-up, but the rest of the film is dull and utterly unatmospheric. Even if one had not seen any of the other adaptations of Jewel of the Seven Stars, the twist ending is unsubtly telegraphed waaaaay in advance.
Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy (2000) was billed as a sequel, Bram Stokers Legend of the Mummy 2 in England, although is unrelated to this in all but name.