Tale of the Mummy

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Tale of the Mummy
Tale of the mummy poster.jpg
US film poster
Directed by Russell Mulcahy
Produced by Silvio Muraglia
Tom Reeve
Daniel Sladek
Written by Keith Williams
Russell Mulcahy
John Esposito
Starring Jason Scott Lee
Louise Lombard
Sean Pertwee
Lysette Anthony
Michael Lerner
Jack Davenport
Music by Stefano Mainetti
Cinematography Gabriel Beristain
Edited by Armen Minasian
Distributed by Buena Vista Home Video
Dimension Films
Release dates
August 3, 1999 (1999-08-03)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)

Tale of the Mummy (also known as Russel Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy and Talos – the Mummy) is a 1998 British-American horror film, directed by Russell Mulcahy, starring Jason Scott Lee, Jack Davenport, Louise Lombard and Christopher Lee. The film received a theatrical wide release on February 13, 1999.


Half a century after her grandfather (Christopher Lee) was killed in an Egyptian excavation, archaeologist Sam Turkel (Louise Lombard) returns to the original site and discovers the hanging sarcophagus of Talos. Months later, a murder is committed at the museum hosting Talos' artifacts and Sam is called in to assist an American detective (Jason Scott Lee) working on the case.



Nicholas Sylvain of DVD Verdict derided the film, saying that while it had an interesting premise, some effects were "merely bad, while others border on the ludicrous," and that the story made no sense.[1] Martin Liebman of Blu-ray.com gave it a 2.5/5 rating, conceding that the film is technically well-done, but calling the plotting unoriginal and characters bland. He recommended viewers only watch Christopher Lee's scenes.[2] British Horror Films reviewer Chris Wood praised Tale of the Mummy as an hommage to Hammer Films horror movies of mid-20th century, with the token inclusion of Lee.[3]

Home media[edit]

The North American version is around twenty minutes shorter than the European version.[citation needed] A Blu-ray of the film was released by Echo Bridge Entertainment on March 20, 2012.[4]


  1. ^ Sylvain, Nicholas (15 August 1999). "Russell Mulcahy's Tale Of The Mummy". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Liebman, Martin (6 April 2012). "Tale of the Mummy Blu-ray". Blu-Ray.com. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Wood, Chris (27 February 2010). "Talos The Mummy (1998)". British Horror Films. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Mulcahy, Russell (director) (20 March 2012). Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy (Blu-ray) (Motion picture). Echo Bridge Home Entertainment. 

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