Cast and Crew: Jerry Goldsmith (Score); John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Kevin J. O’Connor, Oded Fehr, Jonathan Hyde, Erick Avari
What It’s About: Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) recruits condemned soldier of fortune and ex-Legionnaire Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) to guide her to the ancient city of Hamunaptra. Can they beat another expedition to the fabled city, avoid death at the hands of a fanatical Egyptian cult sworn to keeping the secrets of Hamunaptra buried, and survive those very secrets?
Why Watch it Today?: King Tut’s burial chamber was unsealed today in 1923. Tales of the curse of the tomb eventually lead to Universal’s The Mummy and an entire new sub-genre of horror and today’s remake of the 1932 horror classic. Easily the most entertaining “re-imagining” of Universal’s back catalog of horror films as modern blockbusters, Stephen Sommers sets the film in 1923, with the emphasis on Indiana Jones style action rather than the original’s “what if Dracula starred Boris Karloff and didn’t suck” brand of romantic horror.
Other Choices: In additional to the 1932 original, Hammer’s 1959 version is quite nice, or for a completely tangential (but funny) choice, how about Bubba Ho-Tep? If you’d like to see Egyptian ruins, but avoid any supernatural complications, there’s always Death on the Nile.