Review: RAGE OF THE MUMMY
There’s some fantastic scare fare being produced outside of the studio system. This isn’t me knocking studio movies by any means, but I’m sure I’m not the only horror fan out there with a strong affinity for independent releases. Of course, some independent movies still receive considerable media attention, mainstream promotional campaigns, and widespread theatrical releases. Some also receive strong distribution on home video and VOD. However, beneath the shadows, there’s a subset of indie filmmakers who make movies on shoestring budgets and rely on word-of-mouth to get their work out there. These movies don’t contain the best production values (at least not in a conventional sense), but that doesn’t mean they aren’t impressive in their own right, either. Indier-than-indie horror often showcases tremendous artistry, but it transcends budgetary constraints through creativity and heart. I love movies like that.
Rage of the Mummy is one such movie. Helmed by Dennis Vincent -- a multi-talented creator who wears many hats here -- the story is about an ancient mummy going nuts on a group of occultist’s who rob his tomb of its mystical relics. Needless to say, getting WRAPPED up in the creature’s business is a mistake.
The movie doesn’t set out to rewrite the rules of monster movies, but it is a pure DIY labor of love that boasts a special love for classic creature fare and it’s infectiously fun to watch. If you’re a fan of Universal creature features and EC Comics then this movie is bound to agree with your taste. However, this is so much more than a fan film. For a start, the practical FX work is outstanding. Fan of men-in-suit monsters will be head over heels for the titular mummy. Additionally, the movie is incredible well-shot and boasts some colorful visuals which give it a sort of comic book aesthetic. Bear in mind that Vincent and co. were working with limited resources while making this, and what they’ve accomplished with so little is an achievement in itself.
The cast is also a lot of fun. Their enthusiasm for the material is evident and you can tell that everyone involved was having a blast. The acting isn’t amateur by any means, but it has the charm of a group of friends getting together and having fun. Furthermore, the movie doesn’t take itself too seriously and aims for putting smiles on faces as much as it hopes to bring the mummy madness.
All in all, this kind of micro-budget fare isn’t for everyone. But the audience it’s intended for are going to love Rage of the Mummy, and I urge all of you to give it a chance. Go pick up the DVD or stream it on Amazon and support indie horror.