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THE MUMMY’S REVENGE (1973) – The Dungeon Photo Review!

Posted in horror, movies, Spain with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2013 by goregirl

I’ve said it before and I will say it again and again; I love Paul Naschy. As is often his shtick; he plays multiple roles in The Mummy’s Revenge. Here he plays Amenhotep (both manly and moldy mummy form) and Assad Bey a wealthy modern-day descendant. I have no complaints about any of the cast; Jack Taylor is excellent as Professor Stern, María Silva is charming as Abigail, Helga Liné gives her usual solid and sexy performance and Rina Ottolina who plays both Helen and Amarna is empathetic and gorgeous. Carlos Aured (who directed one of my other all-time favourite Naschy flicks Curse of the Devil) directs with gusto. The sets are simply superb! I loved how they went to the trouble of draping the sacrificial maidens in the same gauzy fabric as the curtains that adorned the room. Nice touch! The costumes and makeup were also a real treat. There is a significant quantity of throat-cutting and head squishing adorned with nice bright red paint-like blood. This DVD was a lovely clean print and it was a real treat to see some Naschy subtitled! There is only one way to honor a film like The Mummy’s Revenge; a picture review.

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Amenhotep rules his kingdom with a ruthless hand! Here he is with his favourite concubine Amarna enjoying some torture and death while they feast.

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The blood is a sacrifice to their god.

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Needless to say; the people are unsatisfied with Amenhotep’s rule.

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Sure Mr. Amenhotep, I would be more than happy to fetch you a drink. 

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“They’ve poisoned me!”

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“One day I will be free and I shall unleash my hatred upon the world.”

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Amenhotep in his fancy sarcophagus.

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Professor Nathan Stern and Abigail discovering Amenhotep’s sarcophagus.

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These two might be up to no good.

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Landsbury Foundation – Ancient Art Collection (they keep art there).

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“This is one of the greatest archeological discoveries…”

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Reading from the papyrus found in a box near Amenhotep’s body: “We will bury him alive so that his black spirit roams without peace or tranquility”.

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“You’ll have to forgive me, my head hurts badly.” She thinks her head hurts now! 

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“…Then when the confluence of the stars is propitious…” I felt the need to include this partial sentence.

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Three maidens walking alone at night; this one fell down. “Anne, Marie! Come here please!”

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Back to sacrificing…must bring back Amenhotep!

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“Horus, Favourite of Osiris…” Blah blah bring back Amenhotep!

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“It’s horrible, horrible Mr. Commissioner, the three have disappeared.”

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Now to give the blood to Amenhotep… Zanufer, you hold the incense.

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It’s alive!

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I’m squishing your head!

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“That’s absurd, incredible; a mummy can’t come back to life!”

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“…to free me from my millennial immobility…” I can’t deny, millennial immobility would suck.

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Holy shit! Is that a freaking mummy?!

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After millennial immobility Amenhotep sure knows how to get around!

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“There is something perverse about Assad Bey, disquieting.”

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Cool peephole shot of Professor Stern and Helen as they drop by uninvited to the Assad Bey household.

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Peephole shot from their perspective.

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Helen (who bares a striking resemblance to Amenhotep’s favourite concubine Amarna) falls under the trance of the moldy mummy who wanders nearby.

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The crippled Sir Douglas Carter alone.

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The mummy approaches…

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Assad Bey and Zanufer discuss double-crossing Amenhotep.

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Professor Stern and Abigail surprised in the dark by Amenhotep.

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The final scene…I will leave you guessing.

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Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Carlos Aured

Starring: Paul Naschy, Jack Taylor, María Silva, Helga Liné, Eduardo Calvo, Fernando Sánchez Polack, Luis Gaspar, José Yepes, Juan Antonio Soler

Amanti d’oltretomba – NIGHTMARE CASTLE – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, Italy, movies with tags , , , , , , on October 14, 2009 by goregirl

nightmare castle“A mad, sadistic scientist on the loose!”

I count myself among Barbara Steele’s legion of fans. The strikingly beautiful woman is fascinating to watch and is amazing in everything she is in. Whether she is playing a naive noblewoman, a coy seductress, or a seething bitch she always delivers the goods. She definitely does not disappoint in ‘Nightmare Castle’.

Scientist Dr. Stephen Arrowsmith learns his wife Muriel is cheating on him. He tortures and kills both Muriel and her lover. Before she dies, Muriel tells him that she has changed her will and has left everything to her stepsister, Jenny. Arrowsmith marries Jenny in hopes of securing ownership of the massive property. He brings his new bride home from the hospital where she was being treated for mental instability. Jenny immediately begins seeing and hearing strange things in the house. Arrowsmith invites her doctor to stay with them and monitor her progress. But there is more than a fragile patient to contend with, in this castle of depraved experiments and torture. There may just be angry spirits hungry for revenge.

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Barbara Steele is outstanding in dual lead roles. As cheating wife Muriel, she is full of seething hatred for her husband. Equally strong, is her potrayal of sweet but unstable Jenny. Paul Muller is solid as the loveless and sadistic scientist, Dr. Stephen Arrowsmith. Performances from the small supporting cast are commendable.’Nightmare Castle’ is a Gothic Italian tale of obsession, madness and revenge. Its idea’s are grand enough, but the story wanders a bit. The dialog leaves little to be desired and is definitely the films weakest spot. Fortunately the execution is brilliant. The film is wonderfully moody and the black and white cinematography is excellent. Ennio Morricone’s effective but low-key score lends a great deal to the mood. The sets and costumes are stunning. There are some delightfully diabolical and unsettling moments, including a torture scene that was particularly racy for the time, and a twisted side story involving Dr. Arrowsmith and the maid. It is really Steele’s performance that elevates this one to a higher tier though.This is a must see for Steele fans and a pretty entertaining classic for just about anyone who appreciates black and white horror. Recommended!

Dungeon Rating: 3.5/5

Directed By: Mario Caiano

Starring: Barbara Steele, Paul Muller, Helga Liné, Laurence Clift, Giuseppe Addobbati, Rik Battaglia