Russell Mulcahy's Tales The Mummy
This year has been a good one for fans of movies about angry, resurrected mummies, what with the release of Stephen Sommers' silly but entertaining The Mummy, art-house filmmaker Michael Almereyda's direct-to-video The Eternal (at one point known as Michael Almereyda's The Mummy), and now an entirely new, mostly different version of the mummy legend from Russell Mulcahy, the frightmaster behind Highlander, The Real McCoy, and Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" video. Each of the three films seems geared toward a different audience: The Eternal seems geared toward indie-film geeks, The Mummy toward the widest demographic possible, and Mulcahy's film toward those who desperately want to see Sommers' The Mummy but are perturbed that it's not on video yet. Jason Scott Lee stars in Talos The Mummy as a British police officer sent to investigate a series of murders that seem to be the handiwork of a bandage-encased, 3,000-year-old figure of pure, unstoppable evil. At first, Lee strongly suspects that one of the city's minority residents is responsible for the crimes, but he later comes to suspect that the perpetrator is actually Talos The Mummy, returning to the world of the living to steal the heart of pretty young scientist Louise Lombard. What follows is stylishly empty in classic Mulcahy style, with a slew of generic supporting characters getting offed by a creature who flies through the air as a long string of aged bandages, functioning as something akin to the world's angriest paper-mache art project. It's all competently done, if a bit uninspired, though it does feature a neat twist ending that indicates the piece would probably have worked better as an episode of Tales From The Darkside than as an actual film.