Ancient Evil 2: Guardian of the Underworld Release Date: 5 April 2005 Genre: Horror | Action | Comedy Director(s): David Kann Writer(s): David Buscemi Staring: Victoria Campbell, Adam Lipskey and Don Sandeen On October 27th, 2000, an evil was unleashed onto the world that some horror fans are still trying to free their minds from. […]

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Ancient Evil 2: Guardian of the Underworld
Release Date: 5 April 2005
Genre: Horror | Action | Comedy
Director(s): David Kann
Writer(s): David Buscemi
Staring: Victoria Campbell, Adam Lipskey and Don Sandeen

On October 27th, 2000, an evil was unleashed onto the world that some horror fans are still trying to free their minds from. A movie so inept that it’s antagonist was a mummy with a beer gut. That movie, of course, was the Spartan Entertainment-released Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy. Less than two weeks after reviewing the movie myself, I received an e-mail that, upon the initial glance, scared the crap out of me.

April 5, 2005. Silver Nitrate Home Entertainment. Ancient Evil 2: Guardian of the Underworld.

Yes, I was scared. Reading through the e-mail, though, I received some good news. David DeCoteau, Rapid Heart Pictures, and Silver Nitrate were all not involved in the film’s production. Produced under the name Anubis: Guardian Of The Underworld by the young Darkside Films, Silver Nitrate picked it up for distribution. At that point, they simply licensed the Ancient Evil name from Rapid Heart.

Okay, so my fears are a tad bit alleviated at this point. So when the film arrived in my mailbox, I eagerly popped it in, hoping that the film will not suck by some grace of God.

Ancient Evil 2: Guardian of the Underworld actually represents independent horror cinema not at its worst, but nearly at its best. Produced with a budget of under $15,000, Ancient Evil 2 manages to be everything that its predecessor wasn’t.

While not made with the intention to be a sequel, as the director hadn’t even seen the original until learning of the title change, Ancient Evil 2 certainly holds similarities. While the original had a male nerd raising a mummy from his slumber to do his bidding, the sequel has the wacky and sexy Oncilla bringing Anubis to the Earth’s surface with full knowledge that he will bring destruction to the world. Thankfully, there’s no enchanted bracelet in Guardian of the Underworld, though.

In order to bring Anubis into the real world, Oncilla brings a small group of twentysomethings out into the middle of the woods, and reads from one of those mystical books we always hear so much about it. When the massive Anubis does rise, complete with a face resembling a dog, he begins picking off not only the group, but anyone else he runs into.

Anubis himself does not meet our main characters until about forty-five minutes in. For most films, this would be a huge problem. Forty-five minutes of bad actors spouting bad dialogue is what I’m usually given in a situation like this. Surprisingly, Ancient Evil 2 avoids this. The dialogue by screenwriter David Buscemi is hilarious at times (complete with a joke about 666: Demon Child), while allowing you to know the characters at the same time.

It’s actually when Anubis makes his appearance that the film loses steam. There’s such a low number of original protagonists that director David Kann trots out a bunch of secondary characters to get slashed. While the deaths themselves are suitable, it kills the pace at times.
While it will likely be hard to find, you may be able to pick up a copy at your local Blockbuster or Hollywood Video. I recommend that you do so.

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