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Saturday night on MeTV- while we’ve shown plenty of mummy movies in the past (with another coming up next month)- this time it’s a somewhat different take on the usual mummified monster- when a mysterious mummy is brought to a California college- where it soon brings terror to the campus- and students and faculty alike are at the mercy of the “Time Walker”!
In this 1982 movie, we start out in Egypt- at King Tut’s tomb- where an earthquake has caused a wall collapse, revealing a previously unknown chamber! Inside, surrounded by the bodies of what are assumed to be guards, is a sarcophagus- obviously NOT containing Tut- so, who might it be? Professor Doug McCadden wants to find out, and has the sarcophagus flown to the college he teaches at, the California University of Sciences.
With the help of some students, Doug opens the sarcophagus to reveal a wrapped mummy, covered with a lot of unidentified fungus. He enlists wiseguy student Peter Sharpe to take x-rays of the mummy- and Sharpe accidentally uses too high a concentration of x-ray radiation in the process. As the faculty prepares for a major press conference, which has been demanded by the glory-hound university president, Sharpe looks at the x-rays that he over-exposed- and notices that, besides the mummy, there appear to be some crystals in a secret compartment! He sneaks back to where the sarcophagus is, steals the crystals, and takes new x-rays- without the crystals in them- to cover both his mistakes and his theft!
The press arrives for the conference- but, just before it begins, a student comes in contact with some of the strange fungus, with horrible results! In spite of that, the president demands that his show must go on, and conducts the press conference. The big moment comes when the lid is lifted to unveil the mummy- only to reveal – the mummy is gone!
The outraged and embarrassed president thinks it’s either a fraternity prank, or that Doug removed the mummy so he can get all the accolades. He demands a search of the entire campus- and makes definite threats to Doug and his student helpers. Meanwhile, that one shifty helper Sharpe has taken the crystals he purloined, and is selling them to his pals, as exotic jewelry for their girlfriends.
Things get dangerous when the crystals suddenly begin to glow- and it appears that they attract the now-revived mummy to each of them-resulting in vicious attacks! Plus, contact with the unknown fungus also begin to take a toll. Meanwhile,Doug works on translating the hieroglyphic text from the sarcophagus, and learns an astonishing secret- and perhaps the reason for what the mummy is doing! Will this knowledge reveal the truth- too late?
This unusual film stars some recognizable faces- including Ben Murphy, Shari Belafonte, and “Return of the Living Dead” star James Karen. We’ll fill you in on them, try to solve a few ancient Egyptian riddles, offer a chance to attend a certain college, and bring you a new song.
As posted earlier this week by our administrator, the film’s producers have given away a major plot twist in their own promotion of the film, like the trailer and posters. Since we want our viewers to experience the surprise in the film, we will not be allowing any spoilers. Those who want to know anyway before watching the movie can seek out the information pretty easily on their own.
“Time Walker” airs tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central time. As always, you can live-Tweet on Twitter, along with thousands of viewers while the movie is on- please make sure to add the hashtag #svengoolie to your Tweets. In the Chicago area, local viewers can head back to the old west to get an encore of “Curse of the Undead” at 11 am on CW26.
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Join us tonight, when the secret of the walking mummy will become crystal clear!