The mummy subgenre of horror has been dead on arrival since the 1980’s. Now we’re only gifted with one or two movies in this category per year, which is why I get excited every time a new one comes across my desk. This year, I’m treated to Egyptian evil thanks to a director I’m very familiar with – Justin Price. Justin has released a ton of movies, including The 13th Friday and The Elf, but his latest project, The Mummy Rebirth, is probably his biggest adventure yet. I’ll get to that point a little later. Written and directed by Price, The Mummy Rebirth follows three unique but conflicted groups fighting for their singular goals. The biggest story within this title sees two treasure hunters uncovering a tomb and inadvertently awakening a mummy hell bent on wiping out humanity. Will they be able to stop him before it’s too late? Equal parts Stargate and The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Rebirth stars Brittany Goodwin, Carter, David E. Cazares, Deanna Grace Congo, Joseph Ellis, Maurice Hart, Shamel Hashish, Taylor Carter and Joshua Ford. Produced by Price, Khu, Congo and Lisa May, find this exciting title on DVD and digital beginning August 13th 2019 courtesy of Uncork’d Entertainment.
Filmed for Picture Zero Entertainment, Justin Price’s The Mummy Rebirth is an incredible success story based on independent standards. This is one of the few films that other small-time film-makers should aspire to produce in terms of quality and content. The behind-the-scenes departments are far and away the biggest strengths and biggest stars of this movie, because without them none of the actors would have been so believable and none of the action would have been pulled off with such enthusiasm. The costumes, the props, the set decorations and location scouting, even the green screen gave The Mummy Rebirth a more professional appearance and appeal, and it’s no surprise that Uncork’d Entertainment was quick to scoop it up before another distribution firm got a hold of it. It looks like it was made for a million bucks at least and it’s wildly realistic for not actually being shot in a desert in Egypt. Man, am I impressed. This brings me to one of my complaints, though. The Mummy Rebirth, at times, felt more West Asian than North African to me. A moot point, I know, but I think it’s valid.
In terms of horror content, well, The Mummy Rebirth is more action than horror, much like the Mummy saga starring Brendan Fraser. Gone are the days when an actor walks around in toilet paper, pulling a victim’s brain through their nose with a clothes hanger. While I miss the days, when producers tried to make a decomposing body in paper lining feel scary, I can appreciate this new tactic of building an action-adventure scenario centered around an ancient force of evil. The Mummy Rebirth is full of capable gunslingers and duels to the death. These moments on screen are certainly good enough for the SyFy Network and they were good enough for me, too. My other complaint is the acting has a wide range, from barely OK to just right for the level of intensity in this story. From bad to average, I guess you could say. A few retakes during the more emotional moments would have greatly impacted this movie’s cinematic experience. But, hey, The Mummy Rebirth feels hot even if you’re sitting at home, and it has a few unexpected twists in plot and stylistic risks. I loved seeing a mummy outside in a forest, instead of the typical pyramids and sand. Little touches like that go a long way when you’ve already seen a story a thousand times.
The Mummy Rebirth is the perfect addition to your summer viewing list. Find it on home media August 13th 2019 and prepare for an action-adventure that raises the bar for other independent film-makers to hit. Final Score: 7.5 out of 10.