THE MUMMY AND THE CURSE OF THE JACKALS (1969)
Article 3300 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-11-2010
Posting Date: 8-27-2010
Directed by Oliver Drake
Featuring Anthony Eisley, John Carradine, Robert Alan Browne
What it is: Monster mash
An archaelogist acquires a preserved Egyptian princess and a mummy, but inherits a curse that turns him into a werejackal. The princess and the mummy come to life. Havoc ensues.
Anthony Eisley claims that this movie was never finished and that director Oliver Drake was senile at the time the movie was made. In a comment on IMDB, one of Drake’s offspring claims that his or her father was not senile, but would have agreed that the movie was atrocious. Still, given the script and the budget that this cheapie had, I don’t think it was necessary for the director to be senile to result in a movie this bad. Between the cheesy soundtrack music and the horrendous cinematography, the movie is almost unwatchable. There’s the occasional interesting moment, but not enough to shake the movie out of its turgidity. The oddest moment has the two monsters shambling around Las Vegas while barely being noticed by the crowds that see them; they no doubt thought they were just actors in tacky costumes (which they were). Oliver Drake served as associate producer on WEIRD WOMAN and THE MUMMY’S CURSE, but spent most of his career on B westerns. Writer William Edwards would go on to pen DRACULA (THE DIRTY OLD MAN), which should give you an idea of the quality of this one.