I love a good creature feature, but you can’t help but notice that of the many mash ups that have occurred over the years, the mummy has been absent for almost all of them. In fact, with the exception of Mad Monster Party? The mummy is always sidelined. That is until now. If you have been waiting for a mummy movie where he actually does some damage, the wait is over. Frankenstein Vs. The Mummy is the film for you…
In this modern tale, Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Max Rhyser) is a professor at a local university who is attempting to romance a college, namely Naihla Khalil (Ashton Leigh), who works in the Egyptology department. They are a simple new couple giving it a go. There is just one thing that makes them different, their work. Naihla works for a professor who is studying a mummy with odd findings, and Victor, well, he is attempting to create life.
While Naihla is working for one of the professors, she is unaware that he is under control of said mummy and committing murderous acts. On the other hand, Victor is paying a sleazy murderer good money to bring him a fresh brain to continue his work. They are a fun couple with secrets. Trouble comes into paradise when both the mummy and Frankenstein’s monster fixate on the couple. Secrets are revealed, blood spills, and it all leads to an epic showdown between the mummy and the monster!
This is such a fun film! First off, let me say that this is one of the all-time mummy performances. I put it up there with Christopher Lee and Paul Naschy. Before you go chocking on your gum, let me explain. Christopher Lee and Paul Naschy were both physical presences, they were frightening and that is what made them stand out. Further more, Naschy’s mummy was a bloody psychopath. This mummy is a dagger wielding warrior who is no one’s slave, in fact, he commands others. It is a welcome shift in power and about time a pharaoh actually had some power.
As for the monster, this guy is nasty. Often played for sympathy, this creature starts off bad and only becomes worse. It’s a different incarnation than what you may be used to, but within the world created for this story, it works well. Clad in leather and with revenge on his mind, the monster is an unstoppable force that will kill everyone to get what he wants.
This film could have been bad or even worse, forgettable. I was a bit skeptical but boy does this film pay off. The reason why it works is that it takes itself seriously. There is no winking in the mirror. Damien Leone, who not only wrote and directed, but also handled make-up, does a solid job of bringing these two characters together in an organic way.
Frankenstein Vs. The Mummy is out tomorrow. If you are a fan of either of these two monsters or just creature features in general, it is a must see. As for horror fans in general, put it on your list as well. You may be surprised!