Bram Stoker's The Mummy (1998) Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
Okay, folks, please indulge me….if I provide the right context, you might thoroughly understand why the title of this review is oh, so apropos!!
...okay, so it was a crisp, foggy, rainy, windy San Francisco Sunday morning….one of those mornings where you awoke, looked outa the window and immediately knew you would deservedly luxuriate in bed after a loooooooong week….this was the perfect time to catch up on some old movies I had been meaning to watch/may have missed….I had passed by Bram Stoker’s The Mummy on guide listings, each time wondering, “why haven’t I heard of this before?” all because the natural assumption was that it was somehow remotely connected to Bram Stoker’s Dracula…at least in terms of production values…..nothing could be further from the truth…
....I should have paid attention to the sinking feeling in the pit of my gut when in the beginning of the film we are set in Marin, California…..MARIN?!??!!!...what on EARTH does Northern California have to do with Bram Stoker??!!?.....folks, it was all downhill from there….
....okay, so I relaxed and thought, hmmm, set in San Francisco…this oughta be fun…(well, for lack of a better word/phrase….)
The movie is absolutely horrible….so horrible in fact, that I could not even turn away from it…AND I HAD THE REMOTE RIGHT THERE IN BED WITH ME!!!....I suppose I kept thinking, well, Lou Gossett is in it…how bad can it be?.....
Lou, a dubiously celebrated archaeologist (with an ever-present flask), carried off the role with aplomb and MUCH overacting, and was probably actually drinking during the production…I dearly love Lou, but I could NOT stop laughing at his performance here…and the guy who was the sidekick on “Home Improvement” and the face of Orchard Supply there for a while, (yeah, the cute bear) was humorous enough…however, the most interesting part of his performance, HANDS DOWN, is that the very last time the audience sees him, he is having a “spasm’ or “seizure” of sorts, presumably from a curse and his last words were “I gotta get some fresh air!!!” and he RUNS OFF!!....NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN….I tell ya, I lost it!!!...
The leading man and woman were absolutely horrible. The script was absolutely horrible. The acting was absolutely horrible. The plot was absolutely horrible. I googled Bram Stoker to find out if indeed there even WAS a Bram Stoker’s “Mummy” and haven’t found anything he’s written with that title…yet…
But for some ungodly reason I watched it until the end…at least some of the shots of the city, i.e. the Chronicle truck, the obligatory cable cars, (wow, no Golden Gate Bridge shot) were somewhat accurate…
This movie was so bad, I might add it to my collection…it was hysterical in its absurdity and if I can include the Toxic Avenger (I. II AND III!!!) I can certainly have an over-the-top Lou Gossett warding off the curse of whatshisname!!!
I laughed until I cried…perhaps it was because of the glass(es) of white zinfandel I sipped while watching…(..hey, lay off..I’m a Raider fan, whaddaya want!!)
About Bram Stoker's The Mummy (1998)
Starring: Louis Gossett Jr., Amy Locane, Eric Lutes, Mark Lindsay Chapman, Lloyd Bochner
Runtime: 100 minutes
Director: Jeffrey Obrow