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Review: Dan Allen & Scott Jeffrey’s “The Mummy Reborn”

People are probably going to pull my brain out of my nose with a hanger for this one, but I absolutely loved The Mummy Reborn. Zombies, ghosts and vampires absolutely dominate the classic movie monster scene, so much so that witches and mummies are almost completely forgotten about unless you’re browsing The CW Network at night. Come to think of it, the last time I reviewed a mummy-based horror movie was way back in October 2017. The upcoming release of The Mummy Reborn is welcomed and encouraged, and the reason I enjoyed it so much is because it’s just so wonderfully hokey, and campy fun with a villain that I’m dying to see back in the limelight. The second feature film from the collaborative duo of Dan Allen and Scott Jeffrey (The Unhinged), The Mummy Reborn finds a young woman named Tina whose lost everything – her mother, her job, maybe her home – and is forced to also care for her special needs brother. In a last ditch effort to make some cash, she hires someone to steal a few artifacts from an antique shop, not realizing that the tomb they’ve disturbed is home to a real-life mummy. Once his amulet is separated from his body, the mummy returns from the dead seek vengeance on those who stole from him. Coming to VOD and DVD on April 4th 2019 courtesy of High Octane Pictures, The Mummy Reborn stars Tiffany-Ellen Robinson, Viktor Toth, Chris Kaye, Will Dadd, Tara MacGowran, Louis Findlay, Georgina Wood and Mika Hockman.

I had my doubts about The Mummy Reborn, a collaboration between Proportion Pictures and Major Zeus, mostly because the beginning started with an “intellectual quote” from Kanye West, the king douchebag of the world. Then, The Mummy Reborn hit me with an emotional punch I wasn’t expecting. It’s sad, like really really sad. Tina is going through a rough time, and this movie feels like a heart string pulling drama before it cascades into the realm of horror and science fiction. Why have you hurt me like this Dan and Scott? The best way I can describe it is containing the essence of Don’t Breathe with the addition of a maniacal mummy. You’re going to root for Tina and her brother, Max, and that truly gives this title an extra layer of depth. When the mummy wakens, though, the atmosphere switches to an action-horror film with old school practical effects and a rock-and-roll soundtrack. The Mummy Reborn was filmed in 2017, takes place in 2007, and carries a character straight out of 1960’s. The old school elements are subtle, much like the dry humor interwoven into the script, but it’s quaint, fun, campy and silly. Again, I loved it, so this isn’t a bad thing at all. I don’t think The Mummy Reborn was ever created to be a serious horror film, but with Oscar winning dialogue like, “I want you to look at the mummy while you do me,” you’re going to develop a subconscious soft spot for this motion picture.

The Mummy Reborn was directed by Dan Allen, produced by Scott Jeffrey & Rebecca Matthews, and features cinematography by Edward Lui. It’s an England-based movie with a few audio blips here and there. It has a definite style choice – shot completely during the day time, a method that we don’t see often unless you’re watching The Walking Dead. And perhaps it’s these two things that also add to its prospective nature. Oh, and I loved that the mummy can turn you into a zombie-like Egyptian servant if he managers to kill you. That’s the only spoiler I’m going to give here. As I mentioned above, The Mummy Reborn is a little convoluted and silly, but I don’t know. I just really enjoyed it and I’m not afraid to admit that. Find it on VOD and DVD April 4th 2019 from High Octane Pictures. I’d definitely recommend it to old school movie fans who collect Hammer Films. I’d definitely recommend it to any mummy enthusiasts out there. I’d also recommend it to anyone looking for an hour and a half of mindless fun. Expert practical special effects, unexpectedly emotional performances from specific cast members, a classic story and a decent body count makes The Mummy Reborn an amusing debacle and a brush with ancient evil. What it lacks in seriousness and tone, it more than makes up for in just about every other category. And the final battle was pretty cool, so you have that to look forward to. Final Score: 7 out of 10.

Written by Michael Therkelsen

(Senior Editor)