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Mummy Movies: A Comprehensive Guide

McFarland Dec. 2023. 330p. ISBN 9781476687889. $75. FILM
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The mummy is a classic movie monster, but it often gets second billing in comparison to vampires and werewolves. Senn (The Werewolf Filmography) presents compelling evidence that mummies are on equal footing with their malevolent brethren in this compendium of 138 films. The criteria: only the truly undead need apply, they must make more than a cameo, and no outright pornography (which still allows for a surprising amount of mummy erotica). Mummies herein are played by the likes of Boris Karloff, Rami Malek, and Tony Curtis and span the globe, with Chinese, Mexican, Canadian, and Egyptian mummies entering the mix. Senn dedicates a fair amount of text to even the most questionable of entries, which is delightful; he also digs up some movies that might best be forgotten, and his hilarious takedowns of direct-to-video cash-grabs are as entertaining as his incisive analyses of classic mummy motion pictures. Each entry lists the movie’s cast and crew, as well as it tagline, which Senn usually plays off of to kickstart his analysis.
VERDICT A well-researched work with many entries that feature production stills and promotional artwork. There are plenty of treasures here for mummy enthusiasts.
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