Rage of the Mummy B-Movie Curse or Comic Book Horror?

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Rage of the Mummy, Takes Page Out of A Comic Book

Rage of the Mummy Film Details DecayMag.com Dennis Vincent Rage of the Mummy

Director: Dennis Vincent

Writer: Dennis Vincent

Release Date:   30 November 2016 (USA) *IMDb

Release Format: Video On Demand

MPAA Rating: N/A

Genre: Horror

Running Time: TBA

Social Media: Facebook 

Synopsis:

A three-thousand-year-old mummy takes vengeance on a group of occultist’s who rob his tomb of mystical relics.

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Tania Henderson as Sylvia Young.

First Impressions

Audiences, from the start of the trailer, become acquainted with the comic book influences driving Rage of the Mummy. The color palette and villain allude to this yet it is the opening and subsequent transitions that hints at Dennis Vincent’s creative direction.

Since Rage of the Mummy is taking an artistic approach borrowed from comic books should audiences take Vincent’s film seriously? That question is best left answered by the masses once Rage of the Mummy releases on VOD. It is difficult to assess the tonality for this film based on the trailer. Kill scene is shown but the glamour of blood and guts are nonexistent.

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Heath Heine as Detective Crawford, with Karen Thomas as Lynda Wyle.

After watching the trailer many would bring the creature concept under the spotlight. Am a firm believer in never revealing the antagonist in promo art or trailers. It is no surprise, this privacy builds tension and curiosity with audiences thus garnering more interest in the film. Everyone from casual Horror film viewers to genre connoisseurs is acquainted with the typical mummified villain. Although the overall concept remains the same, it is the subtle changes that distinguish the entity from one production to the next. Vincent’s version of a mummy does little to convey fright, perhaps this is the intent given the comic book aesthetic.

The acting falls in line with typical B-Movie like quality. Some audiences may appreciate these performances, others may be turned off by the lack of emotional content. Once again, this aspect of the film could have remained in secrecy under music overdubs. Also hinted in the trailer are the direct camera work and polished set designs each contributes to a standard creature feature aesthetic.

Consider my tastes archaic but I prefer a grittier approach to the mummy concept. Rage of the Mummy seems comedic as well as modern versions released by Stephen Sommers and Alex Kurtzman. Each fails to bring this timeless villain to life.

Below are images courtesy of the Rise of the Mummy Facebook Page

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