American Mummy (2014)

Director: Charles Pinion

Writer: Charles Pinion, Greg Salman (Screenplay)

Starring: Suziey Block, Aidan Bristow, Aaron Burt, Esther Canata, Erin Condry, Jack Grimmett

 

Plot: A group of university students in the New Mexico desert unearth an ancient mummy, on which one of the students performs a secret, primeval blood ritual. This awakens the death-hungry spirit of the Aztec Lord Tezcalipoca, intent on finishing his centuries-old reign of terror. Soon, the mummy’s curse possesses the students’ souls, turning them against each other in a bid to spread his evil to the entire world.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just Not Good Enough

 

Story: American Mummy starts as a couple of student discover an Aztec mummy in the New Mexico desert, Professor Jenson (Block) leads her team of students, Max (Bristow), Derek (Burt), Carmen (Canata), Conniee (Condry), Albert (Marr) and Becca (Ross) are all working on the discovery, but it is clear one of the students has alternative means for being there.

Once the ritual has been performed the mummy of the Aztec lord Tezcalipoca rises in search for blood, the surviving members of dig are forced to use their intelligence to stop the mummy from taking back over the whole world.

 

Thoughts on American Mummy

 

Characters/PerformanceThis is the part if hate, saying all the bad things about the poorly written characters, the Professor Jenson character doesn’t seem to have any idea, control or plan for the dig with the students falling into the generic we have all seen before.

Performance wise, we don’t get much improvement here, nobody does themselves any credit here and you are left wondering just what happened.

StoryI want to start this with saying I am a HUGE fan of the Mummy concept in films, I will watch any and give small idea a chance. going into this story I couldn’t help but think it missed on every level, it seems to mix Cabin Fever with a Mummy movie and doesn’t quite click.

HorrorWe have gore, sure but too me this is never scary which is what I want in a horror film.

SettingsWe are left in the desert for the most part of the movie which is fine but it could be any desert you would have expected someone would have found by now.

Special EffectsThe effects are all used for the gore and are fine without being anything special.

Final ThoughtsThis was a poor attempt to bring another Mummy film to life, it lacks characters we care about and a Mummy figure or disease that feels like a real threat.

 

Overall: Poor Mummy film.

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The Simpsons Challenge – Season 2 – Episode 18 – Brush with Greatness

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Season 2

Episode 18 – Brush with Greatness

Couch Gag – This time we return to the tipping over couch with Maggie landing on a cushion.

Plot SynopsisAfter becoming trapped in a water slide, Homer decides to go on a diet, while Marge enrolls in an art class and is soon commissioned to paint a portrait of Mr. Burns.

What is going on reallyThe episode starts when Krusty at Mt Splashmore leading to Bart and Lisa constantly asking Homer until they get a yes.

The day goes wrong when Homer finds himself getting stuck in one of the rides becoming the laughing stock of the town, leading to Homer going on a diet.

When searching for his athletic equipment Homer finds old paintings that Marge drew in her youth, this leads to the family pushing her to return to the artist life.

When Marge becomes an overnight sensation, she is asked to paint a portray of Mr Burns as Homer’s diet is going well. We get to see how Marge can do her best to see the best in people however evil then can come across.

Star Character

Margebrush-with-greatnes

Final ThoughtsThis is another episode where we get two stories balanced together but with not enough focus on Homer’s diet and I know we see it a lot through the show. I did like how Marge was brave enough to try and follow a dream though.

Rating 3/5