Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 29th, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: Mexico, 1957 (La Mozmia Azteca/Attack Of The Aztec Mummy), Mexico, 1957 (La Maldicon De La Momia Azteca/Curse Of The Aztec Mummy), Mexico, 1958 (La Momia Azteca Contra El Robot Humano /The Robot Vs. The Aztec Mummy)
Director: Rafael Portillo (All Three Films) Manuel San Fernando (La Momia Azteca Contra El Robot Humano /The Robot Vs. The Aztec Mummy)
Cast: Crox Alvarado, Angel Di Stefani, Rosa Arenas, Ramon Gay, Luis Aceves Castaneda
DVD released: December 26th, 2006
Approximate running time: 80 minutes (La Mozmia Azteca/Attack Of The Aztec Mummy), 63 minutes (La Maldicon De La Momia Azteca/Curse Of The Aztec Mummy), 64 minutes (La Momia Azteca Contra El Robot Humano /The Robot Vs. The Aztec Mummy)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame (All Three Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono (All Three Films)
DVD Release: BCI Eclipse
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98
La Mozmia Azteca/Attack Of The Aztec Mummy: Dr. Almada with the help of fiancée Flora conducts an experiment in using hypnotic regression to uncover memories from a subjects past lives. Flora while under hypnosis remembers that she was an Aztec princess Xochi who was entombed in a pyramid for having an affair. Dr. Almada to prove his theory goes to the pyramid to recover a breast plate from Xochi’s tomb as evidence that his theory really works. Dr. Krupp in the disguise of the Bat a criminal mastermind plots to steal the ancient breast plate away as soon as it is removed from the tomb because it along with a bracelet also in the tomb give directions to hidden Aztec treasures.
The series starts off strongly with the first entry and it is more like a crime caper then a horror film since the amount of scary moments is zero. The Aztec mummy in the film does look creepy and it is nothing like the more famous Egyptian mummies. The film is only about eighty minutes in length and there are several times when the films feels padded.
The mummy which the whole film is built around unfortunately doesn’t arrive until very late into the film and by that point the film is beyond saving. The sets are well done and the cinema photography is one of the films strongest assets. The bets character in the film is without a doubt Dr. Krupp aka The Bat. Luis Aceves Castañeda who portrays Dr. Krupp doesn’t miss a beat as the lunatic heavy who is blinded by his solitary goal that ultimately leads to his undoing.
La Maldicon De La Momia Azteca/Curse Of The Aztec Mummy: Dr. Krupp returns too create more havoc and finally get his hands on the Aztec treasure.
These three films that make up the Aztec Mummy trilogy were shot back to back to back over a two month period and it should come as no surprise that all the lead actors from eh previous film return for The Curse of the Aztec Mummy, the second installment in the Aztec Mummy series. This film would start a trend of using footage from the first film to help fill out its overall time length.
A new character named The Angel makes his only appearance in the Mummy series. He is decked out in super hero tights and wears a Luchador mask. At first he may appear to be super human and as the film goes on he shows his weaknesses. Once again the main bad guy is Dr. Krupp who gets more screen time in this film then any of the other films and for this alone makes this film the best of the three. The story at times is predicable and the action is down right goofy, still one ant help but fall into the trace this film puts you in with absurdities.
La Momia Azteca Contra El Robot Humano /The Robot Vs. The Aztec Mummy: You just can’t keep a persistent villain down. Just when you thought that Dr. Krupp had finally meet his maker in the previous film he would return one more time in his quest to retrieve the Aztec treasure. This time he has a sure fire plan that involves making a robot to help him defeat that darn mummy once and for all.
Wow, this one really pushes the boundaries of bad filmmaking. The films spend its first twenty six minutes recycling footage from the previous two films. This is done by having Dr. Almada tell a group pf his friends the events of the previous two films. For those who have seen the previous tow films it is best to skip ahead and watch the final thirty eight minutes of film.
The idea of making a robot to defeat a Robot is an interesting and almost cleaver plot device. Too bad that most of the final thirty eight minute of the film is spent with Dr. Krupp talking about how he will finally defeat the mummy and bragging about the robot he had made. This is not the Dr. Krupp we have come to known and love form the previous tow films and by time we get to the films finale we are begging the mummy to end his and our misery.
All three films include in BCI’s Aztec Mummy collection are presented in their original full frame aspect ratios. The quality of the three films varies with the first film “Attack of the Aztec Mummy” looking in the worst shape of the lot with its excessive amount of print damage and very soft image quality. Apparently this is the bets this film may ever look since the film was thought to have been lost and this is the only elements that could be located. The other two films “Curse of the Aztec Mummy” and “The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy” both fare better with shaper image and less print damage. Both of these come with two version of the film the Spanish and the English language prints. The Spanish language prints look slightly better but not by much.
Attack of the Aztec Mummy comes with one audio option the films original Spanish language audio mix and English subtitles have been included. Curse of the Aztec Mummy and The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy both come with two audio options Spanish and English. These two films are double sided DVD’s and each side comes with one language option. The Spanish Language audio mixes for Curse of the Aztec Mummy and The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy both come with English subtitles. The quality of the audio on the various mixes included is all over the place with noticeable hiss and some instances of distortion.
Extras for this include a brief stills gallery which can be located on the Attack of the Aztec Mummy DVD and a booklet about the films and Mummy’s in Mexican cinema has also been included. The liner notes which were written by David Wilt are a thorough and interesting read. Let’s not forget the cool covers that come with each of the film the artwork is to die for.
The Aztec Mummy series may not be the best example of Mexican horror films; still it is a fascinating series that is never dull and always entertaining. Now fans of this series of films can finally own them on DVD and bets of all at a more then affordable price, recommended.