CURSE OF TUTANKHAMEN'S TOMB
DVD region 2. Network.
Egypt rocks to the revolution beat in January 2011, Network bring
us this vintage TV movie set among the tombs of the Valley of
the story of the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb by Howard Carter,
the film follows the trials and tribulations surrounding the amazing
find, as Carter (Robin Ellis) deals with his aristocratic and
glory-hogging backer Lord Carnarvon (Harry Andrews), is undermined
by sinister collector Jonash Sebastian (Raymond Burr) and finds
time to vaguely romance Carnarvon's daughter (Angharad Rees) and
a reporter (Eva Marie Saint), all the while dealing with story
of the ancient curse - a curse that seems to be manifesting itself
with a series of accidents.
1980 production is slickly shot on film, and moves at a steady
pace as it takes liberties with the facts and does its best to
make it look as if a lo more is happening than actually is. The
title is somewhat misleading - the curse is hardly to the fore
here, and the film is at pains to suggest that all these accidents
could have logical explanations (as they did) - if you go into
this expecting The Awakening (made the same year) then you'll
be disappointed. This is not even remotely a horror film.
range from the solid to the ridiculously hammy (Wendy Hiller,
as a medium, chews the scenery like a starving man) and the production
values are impressive enough. Apparently you could still get away
with blacking up actors like Burr and an underused Tom Baker in
1980, which is disconcerting (especially as Burr's headpiece keeps
slipping to reveal the white skin beneath), but that aside, this
is a decent enough time-waster. A rampaging mummy would've perked
it up no end though.
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