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ANCIENT EVIL 2: GUARDIAN OF THE UNDERWORLD (2005) (V)

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Directed By:
David Kann

Starring:
Victoria Campbell, Adam Lipskey, Don Sandeen, Elza Minor, Noel Francomano and Chelsea McCarthy

Rated R
Genre: Horror
Format Used: Blockbuster DVD
Contains: Graphic Language, Graphic Violence, Brief Nudity
Also Known As:
Anubis: Guardian of the Underworld International (English title)
Anubis: Rising USA (working title)

THE PLOT:

The mummy walks again, as five friends dabble in the black arts for a laugh and bring the Egyptian God of the dead Anubis to the mortal world as a decaying Mummy. But when cocky turns deadly the race is on to find a way to destroy the mummified Earthbound form on an ancient god.

ZEDD'S OPINION:

Okay, first of all I never heard of spells that will bring gods to earth and make them mummies, that was just silly. Second, if you bring an god to earth and he's undead and out to kill you, don't tease him. They don't like that. Next, I like the idea of having Anubis is cool, but he seemed too decay, how was he suppose to see, he had no eyes. The acting and writing was a tad weak and the plot was basic slasher genre stuff. But even though it didn't make much sense, I did like the Anubis monster design and it did have some interesting lines and a few chuckles a long the way. All and all I say a valiant effort from the makers, who I can tell tried to make a good movie and I give them A for effort. Even with all the problems this movie had it's still watchable and enjoyable and I also give ANCIENT EVIL 2: GUARDIAN OF THE UNDERWORLD 6 STARS.

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VOLTRON'S OPINION:

I always thought it should have been E for effort but what do I know. But I don't completely agree with what Zedd wrote, I think they could have tried harder, I spotted many errors that could have been fixed with more money. A job worth doing is worth doing well and they should have gotten a bigger budget to do this film right. But it's not all bad, I do see the effort put into the movie and the fact that they tried to make a fairly decent movie is commendable. So I give this movie 4 STARS.

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ON THE POSITIVE SIDE (+ HITS):

+ ANUBIS (Anubis looks scary even if how he got that way doesn't make a whole lot of sense.)
+ WRITING (Some of the writing was clever.)
+ PREMISE (The premise works, somewhat.)

ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE (- MISSES):

- UNDEAD GOD (I don't get the idea of how a ritual can bring a god to Earth as an undead mummy?)
- ACTING AND DIALOG (Some of the acting and dialog was far from perfect.)

...AND FINALLY...

- FAN BASED (If you didn't like the first movie, then watch out for this one.)

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