The Tomb (1986) starring Michelle Bauer, David O’Hara, Richard Hench
The basic plot has two Indiana Jones-wannabees (more honestly described as grave robbers) breaking into an Egyptian burial ground, where it appears that an illegitimate Egyptian princess turned high priestess, turned pure evil (murdering children to maintain her youth, drinking blood, eating hearts) was entombed alive. One of the two (played by David O’Hara, listed here as David Pearson) makes it out alive, returns to the United States, and sells the purloined objects to multiple buyers. The still-living Egyptian priestess Nefratis (played by Michelle Bauer ), with vampire fangs and all, is in hot pursuit to reclaim her objects, leaving a trail of corpses in her wake. The son of one of her victims decides to stop her.
The special effects were down-right terrible. The “ancient” props looked like they were made as cheaply as possible, and they probably were. There is, frankly, nothing nice to say about the film.
The cliches were fast and furious:
- The undiscovered ancient tomb, found by a pair of incompetent grave robbers
- The never-dying mummy entombed for unspeakable evil
- The beautiful bookworm, who becomes gorgeous by taking off her glasses
- who also, despite being the “girl next door” trope, beds the protagonist after their first date
- The archaeologist with no medical training opens a man’s chest to remove the mystical scarab that’s torturing him. Because having ‘Doctor’ in front of your name makes you qualified to perform heart surgery, right?
The villain’s entire demise, including being set on fire for no reason other than to make a better climax.
- Firing a single bullet at a small airplane causes it to burst into a massive fireball.