Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Movies That Fell Through the Cracks # 41


Yes, I'm sticking with the numbering, okay? Deal. Anyway, with Brendan Fraser dealing with mummies again this summer, I find myself reminded of this barely remembered 1980 nonsense starring the late NRA poster boy, Chuck Heston. THE AWAKENING sorta snuck into theaters as I recall with little publicity. Based on a story by DRACULA author Bram Stoker, Moses' return to Egypt some 25 years later proved to be a fairly dull affair. Billed and marketed as a traditional mummy movie with the great ad seen here, it's more a tale of reincarnation and/or posession as Heston's daughter (the wonderful but never has quite caught on to this day Stephanie Zimbalist) becomes one with an ancient evil queen. Long, dull stretches and soap opera level performances abound but few thrills and fewer chills. Maybe it's because of THE AWAKENING that it took another 19 years before mummies caught on again in pictures!

2 comments:

joe bloke said...

i actually paid to see this drivel at my local flea pit. needless to say, the girl i took with me didn't bother returning any of my calls after that particularly fun night out. damn you, charlton heston!

Michael said...

Movie is one of 4 (four!!) adaptations of Stoker's "Jewel of the Seven Stars".

Another Stoker novel that was later adapted into a bad movie is "Lair of the White Worm".