La maldición de la momia azteca (1957) Review

Synopsis: The evil Dr. Krupp kidnaps Flor to help him find the Aztec treasure, but is opposed by her fiancé, a masked hero, and an Aztec mummy.
Also known as “The Curse of the Aztec Mummy”
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Calamity Brains:

La maldición de la momia azteca (or in English, “The Curse of the Aztec Mummy”) is the second in a fairly silly Mexican horror series. The Aztec Mummy movies are part The Mummy, part lucha libre, and all ridiculous. This particular installment features very little in the way of mummies; instead, the focus is more on mad scientist-type Dr. Krupp (Luis Aceves Castañeda) and his kidnapping and blackmail plans.

With the movie’s short run time (it’s only 65 minutes), very little actually happens. It follows the cyclical “someone in danger, someone rescued, someone in danger” sequence for the majority of the story. In this case, that sequence is even sillier than usual – through attempts to rescue his girlfriend Flor (Rosita Arenas), Dr. Alamada (Ramón Gay) ends up in peril more often than she does, and is frequently joined by the masked “hero,” El Ángel. (Alamada and El Ángel are saved not once, but twice by Alamada’s pre-teen brother.)

When the mummy Popoca finally arrives, it’s more relief than deus ex machina. Continuing his streak of not actually doing anything useful, Alamada plans for the mummy to accidentally save them, opting to stall for time rather than try a clever or daring escape. The mummy is thoroughly unconvincing, naturally, but all Dr. Krupp’s thugs are somehow taken down, and there’s a happy ending-ish.

This is the kind of sequel that makes you wonder how any more of a franchise got made. It’s safe to skip La maldición de la momia azteca – even as short as it is, there’s not enough going for it to make it worth your while.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: C-
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Calamity Brains

The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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