13th Aug2019

‘The Mummy Rebirth’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Carter, David E. Cazares, Brittany Goodwin, Deanna Grace Congo, Shamel Hashish | Written by Justin Price | Directed by Khu, Justin Price

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Two treasure hunters uncover a sealed tomb and awaken a mummy that has waited years to come back and wipe humanity from the face of the Earth. It’s a race against time as they try to stop the Mummy from wreaking havoc on the modern world…

What’s that? A new mummy movie? Is it a sequel to the Tom Cruise movie? Nope. Is it an mockbuster from The Asylum? Nope. Then what is it?

Well in truth it’s a brand-new take on the mummy mythos from filmmaker Justin Price (The Dawnseeker, Alien Reign of Man) and actress turned producer/director Khu, who previously worked with Price on films like Snare, The 13th Friday and Dark Moon Rising. It’s also a take on the legend that returns to a more serious tone, mixing the horror of the old Hammer mummy movies with the 1999 mummy movie of the same name, which itself spawned a ton of movies both cinema and DTV releases – though The Mummy Rebirth was obviously made on a budget lower than the myriad of direct to DVD Scorpion King sequels!

Takng it’s cue from the Brendan Fraser film, The Mummy Rebirth features not one but TWO Indiana Jones-like adventurers, Noe (played by Carter, yes just Carter) and Daniella (Brittany Goodwin). Of the two it’s Goodwin who’s the real star, she plays a fantastic off-brand Lara Croft, seemingly really relishing both the archeological and action-packed aspects of her character. A character may I add that never feels subservient to her male counterpart – Daniella is a true female hero, not a damsel in distress like the leading ladies in a myriad other mummy movies. Goodwin is also easily the better actor of the two as well… She’s more believable as a treasure-hunting, one-liner spouting, hero that’s for sure!

Even if you’re not a fan of his work, one thing that has always marked Justin Price’s films out, no matter the subject matter or the budget, is his penchant for great creature design. His films, even those which I didn’t personally enjoy (The Dawnseeker and Alien Reign of Man I’m looking at you), always had some fantastic visuals and The Mummy Rebirth is no different. First off the mummy designs are great, utilising practical effects rather than CGI to render the undead. Then there’s the Zuul-like devil dogs and the CGI rendered sphinx. OK, neither are going to set the world on fire – especially the latter – but they’re passable and thankfully neither grace us with too much screen time.

Honestly this is the first of Justin Price’s movies (that I’ve seen) which I’ve truly enjoyed; and not enjoyed in an ironic “so bad it’s good” way. The Mummy Rebirth is actually a solid horror action/adventure. Yes it’s low budget, yes there are some cheesy aspects to both story and production but overall this is a great B-movie entry in the mummy mythos.

*** 3/5

The Mummy Rebirth is out now on DVD and On Demand from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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