Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy Release Date: 1999 Genre: Sc-fi Director: David DeCoteau (The Brotherhood series) Writer: Matthew Jason Walsh (Final Stab, The Frightening) Staring: Jeff Peterson, Trent Latta and Ariauna Albright After me and my friends watched the movie, my friend goes, “Man, you know what? The mummy didn’t even scream.” Me (contemplating […]

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Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Sc-fi
Director: David DeCoteau (The Brotherhood series)
Writer: Matthew Jason Walsh (Final Stab, The Frightening)
Staring: Jeff Peterson, Trent Latta and Ariauna Albright

After me and my friends watched the movie, my friend goes, “Man, you know what? The mummy didn’t even scream.”

Me (contemplating suicide): “Shut up.”

— Writer Matthew Jason Walsh speaking of his experience watching Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy with friends during an interview with Ziggy’s Video Realm.

His utter dismay was no doubt without merit. Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy was the first in a long and continuing series of Rapid Heart Pictures-produced David DeCoteau movies. While not incredibly, well, gay, like future Rapid Heart genre flicks such as Ring of Darkness, Ancient Evil is still an absolutely God awful slasher. There’s absolutely no reason for you to seek it out, unless of course you wish to see the first mummy in history that, after all that time wrapped in bandages, still has himself a plentiful beer belly.

A group of rather attractive archaeology students away at a college camp (?) just happen to be staying on campus at the same time as a recently unearthed mummy. As things go in films of its kind, one rather nerdy fellow decides to use an ancient incantation to bring the mummy both to life and under his control. Unfortunately for him, one student stole a magical bracelet from the mummy, which holds the geek’s source of control.

So for the next sixty minutes or so, we are dealt a molasses-paced “slasher” film that is not the least bit interesting. Honestly, such a thing doesn’t surprise me. DeCoteau was here not to make a good movie, but to make a profitable film. After making nearly forty films with other companies since he began directing, DeCoteau sought to break away from Full Moon and his various other constituents and go off and on his on. Making a great movie that didn’t make money was not a smart solution. As a result, Ancient Evil was shot in FOUR days. Shooting twelve and a half hours out of the day in such a period will cause most movies to be utter shit.

And as much as I like David, he’s not one to defy the odds.
DVD: There’s a half decent commentary track with director David DeCoteau and stars Ariauna Albright and Jeff Peterson. DeCoteau is his usual vibrant self, choosing to focus on the film’s (few) good qualities rather than the poor, which is what makes Jim Wynorski and Fred Olen Ray tracks such must listens.

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