Now I once saw the Aztec Mummy trilogy described as a trilogy of three different parts, the first as a horror, the second a action/adventure thriller and the third introducing science fiction elements. Curse would seem to prove this, the titular mummy doesn’t show up until the last 10 minutes or so and isn’t really vital to the plot at all. Indeed the film feels more like one of the old 30’s and 40’s republic serials than it does a horror picture. Now I like to think I know myself quite well, and I was expecting me to hate Curse because of this reason but admittedly, it was one of the most enjoyable viewing experiences I’ve had in a long time!
Now don’t get me wrong, Curse of the Aztec Mummy is bad, woefully bad. The acting is over the top, the characters are all stereotypes and every situation is a cliché. For example the villainous Dr Krupp, is so camp and over the top that he can never be taken seriously but you still relish in his eye rolling, hand rubbing and manic laughing. There’s also a shoot out scene in which several characters hold a machine gun and simply shake it whilst the bullet sound effects are put over the top. The film does appear rather cheap, but considering it was the second in a trilogy made in two months that is to be expected. The Aztec Mummy itself is rather nifty make up job although it really could have been involved just a little bit more than it is. Like many bad films though, it’s enjoyable to the extent that it had me laughing out loud and cheering for our heroes. Ok so The Angel is hardly the best Luachador and his identity is hardly a secret (Indeed this is the only one of the three he appears in, apparantly only getting a passing mention in the Robot Vs the Aztec Mummy) but he’s a fun little addition to an already fun-packed movie. One does have to wonder what a 1960’s American TV audience would of thought of this but I bet behind the scoff’s and giggles they too were silently cheering the Angel on.
I had great fun watching this. Immense fun really, a lot more fun than I would have watching Romero’s original Dead Trilogy for example. Now please hold back from throwing your bricks please, I’m not even going to attempt to compare this to any of those. They are classics, some of the greatest movies ever made and Dawn of the Dead (1978) is one of my favourite movies ever. My point is however that those movies are emotional roller coaster rides, afterwards you feel shocked and disheartened with a sense of melancholy. You remember them and it’s one of those viewing experiences that you know will haunt you for a long time. Curse of The Aztec Mummy is of course nothing like that. You stick it in the player and no doubt you will probably forget it within a week of watching. For the hour it lasts though, its bloody fun and I will defiantly attempt to check out it’s follow up, Robot Vs the Aztec Mummy. Also if anybody knows where I can find a copy of the original Aztec Mummy or whether I should just go for the boxset please let me know!