Rage of the Mummy is a 2018 American supernatural horror feature film written and directed by Dennis Vincent (The Aurora Monsters: The Model Craze That Gripped the World; The Witch’s Dungeon: 40 Years of Chills). The Star Wizard Films production stars Carmine DePaulo, Nellja Allen and Collin Blackford.
A three-thousand-year-old mummy takes vengeance on a group of occultist’s who rob his tomb of mystical relics…
Nobody can accuse Dennis Vincent of not being dedicated to his craft. He not only wrote and directed Rage of the Mummy he edited it, worked on the effects, cinematography, played the Mummy and more. Indeed he has ten separate credits on the film, which certainly shows his dedication to getting the project made. Is the end result worth it?
A low budget take on the classic Universal films Mummy of the 40s and 50s, Rage of the Mummy shows just how low that budget was at the start. A two-man excavation team enters the tomb dressed not in desert wear but normal street clothes. If you truly hate micro-budget films this is your cue to leave. However, if you’re like me, you’re not going anywhere.
The plot is simple enough, the tomb of Prince Horus-Kan is violated by looters hired by an occult society The Pharaohs of Darkness. Of course, the tomb carries a curse and vengeance will be brought down upon those responsible. All of this is accompanied by an English accented narrator, (Matt Block), giving the feel of a rather bizarre PBS documentary.
Thankfully, Rage of the Mummy doesn’t take itself overly seriously. The director compares it to Creepshow and The Abominable Doctor Phibes. That might be aiming a bit high, but it’s an accurate description of the film’s tone. It even makes use of comic style animated cut scenes in places.
We don’t get a lot of effects beyond the Mummy himself, and it looks pretty good. It has the power to shoot bandages from its fingers and cocoon its victims, but we rarely see it happen. Its human form (Kevon Ward) though maybe even scarier. He looks like some hipster that’s about to hit you up for a handout so they can go to Starbucks. I do wish there had been less animated cutaways and a few more effects. Given the budget though, that wasn’t happening.
The cast is a mix of unknowns and faces that’ll be familiar from other similar films such as Ketrick ‘Jazz’ Copeland (Rondo), Heath C. Heine (Terror Tales, which director Vincent was a gaffer on as well) and Scott Croushore (Ryde or Die).
As noted, it could have used a few more effects, and after a while, the kills start to feel a bit samey. But, overall, Rage of the Mummy is an enjoyable diversion made with talent and love for the genre.
“A fun and generally enjoyable effort that manages to pay respectful homage to the genre greats of the past even though it’s slightly hampered by its budget, that’s no reason not to realize that there’s plenty to like with this one.” Don’s World of Horror and Exploitation
“Rage of the Mummy brings together comic book principles and monster antics in a captivating way. It’s a fun little epic that’s got charm…” Indie Horror Online
Cast and characters:
Carmine DePaulo … Luke
Nellja Allen … Mena Jeffreys
Collin Blackford … Derek
Matt Block … British Narrator – The Jurassic Dead
Marcus Cannello … Brian Fulton
Maya Faith Claridge … Bookstore Clerk
Ketrick ‘Jazz’ Copeland … Superintendent
Scott Croushore … Detective Blake
Tarena Davis … Fire Dancer
Erika Debenham … Forensic Technician
Lyle DeRose … Joey
Stacy Farrar … Molly Brooks
Eva Geisness … Forensic Technician
James Hammond … Mike
Heath C. Heine … Detective Crawford – Terror Tales
Tania Henderson … Sylvia Young
Ben Hilzer … Tony Ripper
Tamara Hutchins … Carol Lynch
Sarah Jain … Jackie
Sarah Kay Jolly … Young Card Reader
Spencer Kane … Simon Anderson
Ernest Lasen … Forensic Technician
Linda Lautiger … Eva Kimble
Irene Leonard … Miss Shelby
Leana Lewis … Police Officer
Daniel Nolan … Eliot P. Grayson
Hawley Penfold … Tarena Young (as Hawley Pen)
Patrick Sheridan … Eva’ Date
Shawn Speake … Seth
Richard Taylor … Gary Edwards
Karen Thomas … Lynda Wiley
Robert Trujillo … Forensic Technician
Michael Vasicek … Stewart
Dennis Vincent … The Mummy
Kevon Ward … Prince Horus-Kan – Bodies aka Paramedics
Amanda Whipp … Claire Owe
Rage of the Mummy premiered in Denver, Colorado, on 13 November 2018.