(125) NATIONAL MUMMY (1981) Jose Ramon Larraz rarity
Spanish title LA MOMIA NACIONAL (The National Mummy)
director Jose Ramon Larraz
starring Francisco Algora ∑ Quique Camoiras ∑ Azycena
Hernandez ∑ J J Espinosa ∑ Adriana Vega ∑ Lili
the rarest movie in the Jose Ramon Larraz filmography, this one is a
big departure for the sultry horror master. It's one of the few that
he did not write, instead the scripter here is Juan Jose Millan (best
known for penning MARTA
THE DARKNESS OF TERROR, both films starring Marisa Mel). At
the time, Larraz had just wrapped a project in Great Britain [THE
STUDENTS OF MISS OLGA] where he was complaining about archaic
censorship problems he encountered in Spain during the shoot of ESTIGMA.
But then his Spanish producer, Josť Frade, contacted him. The
producer convinced Larraz to come home to helm a Certificate "S"
Horror Sex Comedy as cinematic sexual freedom had become vogue since
the death of Emperor Franco. Jose Larraz, jumping at the opportunity
to thumb-his-nose at the establishment, made this film.
comedian Francisco Algora portrays a wealthy archaeologist named Saturnino.
The film opens with a visit from old friend Professor Don Felipe and
his busty daughter Ana Mari [played by Azucena Hernandez, fresh from
Paul Naschy's RETURN
OF THE WOLFMAN and - incidentally - her father here, Professor
Don Felipe, is a wolfman too]. They bring a huge box with them. Inside
is a female mummy from the Upper Nile. Nobody pays any attention to
the mummy curse ('The bandages must always cover her body') and soon,
after getting fondled by a perverted dwarf, she comes alive, bent on
slaughtering males. Of course, there's already a mummy and a werewolf,
but then comes a Nosferantu vampire named Dr Vilaseca along with his
bevy of vampire whores. Plus there's an axe murderer loose in the mansion!
Ultimately, Jose Larraz is rough-riding a goofball film with lots of
nudity, blood and politically incorrect vignettes. There something to
offend everyone it seems, but Jose Ramon Larraz knows how to have fun.
film with optional English subtitles; widescreen format,
(85 min.), DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC, playable on any
American machine. Extras include Larraz filmography.
for Mature Audiences