ATTACK OF THE AZTEC MUMMY (the aztec mummy; la momia azteca) (1957 MEXICO) D: RAFAEL PORTILLO W: ALFREDO SALAZAR W/P: GUILLERMO CALDERON
A scientist (Ramon Gay) investigating regression and past lives hypnotises his young student and girlfriend (Rosita Arenas). She remembers being an Aztec woman sacrificed to God, along with her warrior lover who was cursed to watch over her ornamental breastplate for all-time (this flashback recalls the Universal MUMMY series of the 30s & 40s). Gay and his friends (including comic-relief Crox Alvarado) break into a (real, for exterior shots) Aztec pyramid to fetch the breastplate as evidence that hypnotism works. Of course, Popoca the mummy (busy stuntman Angel di Stefani) comes for the stolen goods. Also, a masked criminal/vivisectionist called The Bat is after the valuables too (he gives orders to his henchmen via closed-circuit tv, just like an old serial). The mummy looks quite creepy with his charred-looking blank face and shock of stringy hair (not unlike Leatherface in THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE). He doesn't like the crucifix, and is finally buried in a dynamite blast. Shame that this very slow b/w hit is so dull, wasting any atmosphere it manages to conjure up. With Arturo Martinez, Jorge Mondragon, Julian de Meriche, Guillermo Hernandez, Emma Roldan and Salvador Lozano. The same cast and crew returned for THE CURSE OF THE AZTEC MUMMY and THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY the same year (I expect they were filmed back-to-back). In 1964 Jerry Warren butchered AZTEC MUMMY for his U.S. tv release of ATTACK OF THE MAYAN MUMMY.

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