OOM #3 – The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)

And we move on with the sequel to the new franchise launched by yesterday’s movie, ‘The Mummy’s Hand’ (1940), you can watch the video review done by James Rolfe for his Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness right here, while his madness continues ours does as well, with our own personal review of this particular installment of the mummy Universal series.

It’s 30 years later than the previous film, and we know that in the laziest way possible: a 15 minute recap of everything that happened in the earlier film by putting long parts of the film at the start of the narrative, and while some may think that it works because people didn’t have ways of rewatching movies back then, I still think that it’s lazy, there are better ways to tell about what happened in earlier installments of a film… and if you need it so much, you might as well just forget about it and make just vague recollections to it, and from that jumpstart the new film. But no, here we just have the raw footage, the film itself being summaried in a long sequence of 15 minutes where our (now old) protagonist narrates exactly the same things that we’re seeing. These kind of flashbacks were popular in those years, I remember similar sequences being put together in the strange sequel to ‘The Cat People’ (1942).

Now, not only that, but here we have an example of crappy makeup to make a character seem 30 years older when only 2 years have passed since the filming of the earlier film, and here’s where my main complain about the logic of the film starts: Why did it take 30 years for the members of the cult of the mummy to take revenge. We are told at the beginning that the master of ceremonies had survived, just as the mummy had, and they had to be shipped to the United States, from Egypt, to fulfill their vengeance. I truly wonder what happened there, why did the filmmakers thought that it would be easier to fulfill a vengeance 30 years later, using ridiculous makeup to age some characters instead of just going straight away with it, finding the people responsible for looting the tomb of Princess Ananka and the awakening of Karris.

The film is really weak at many parts, mostly at its weak misuse of the footage from the earlier film, practically eating up all the interest of the film by telling me stuff that I had seen yesterday. Then, the reasoning behind the revenge is weak, though seeing the mummy walk around and disturbing the neighbours, as well as some hottty hot teenagers is hilarious and entertaining in equal parts. There’s a moment where the teenagers report the fact that they saw a ‘shadow’ but they don’t know where it came from nor what caused it… so, why did they report it in the first place? It’s just a strange film really, one of those that you wonder how they couldn’t spend a little bit longer on the script, fixing it up. I say this because most of the scenes where the mummy just walks around killing people are truly entertaining (though not scary anymore, as in the earlier film).

There’s an interesting twist around the end, where the man in charge of the mummy and fulfilling the revenge falls in love with the girlfriend of the late protagonist of the film (let’s just say that there’s no surprise when I say that the 30 year older protagonist of the earlier film is killed off almost instantly), so he asks the mummy to bring her to him, so that he can make a mummy out of her and live forever! Now, that’s misuse of work equipment if I’ve ever seen one in motion. Now, funny bits aside, the film is a mess, but it’s a fun mess, one that you can easily watch for what it is and still get something out of it.

6/10

One response to “OOM #3 – The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)

  1. I am with you here on the final rating for this one and in the sizing up of the problems. The make-up again is inept, and the film isn’t well acted nor written. Made just to cash in on the mummy theme, though there are some sequences that are fair enough.

    Great essay!

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