Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy

The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy is a 1957 Mexican horror/sff movie. IMDB offers this: "See the relentless machine battle the gruesome corpse". K. Gordon Murray produced the English language version. The first 45 minutes or so is told as a flashback, narrated by the main character. The robot and the mummy don't meet until the final couple of minutes.

It opens with this:
How far can the human mind penetrate the mysteries of the great beyond? Who knows? This picture is based upon an extraordinary experiment carried out by Drs. Hughes and Tooney of the University of Los Angeles. There is no doubt as to its authenticity. Testimony of people participating in the experiment sworn to by notary public preclude the possibility of any fraud. This picture is a combination of factual data mixed with fiction.

TCM has an overview.


  1. Aztec mummy? Sloppy research by the screenwriter. It was the Incas who mummified the most among the Mesoamerican civilizations.

    Sheesh. It's like 50s-era horror movie writers had no concept of academic research.

    So much for the peer review process.

  2. You _must_ be wrong about this. The introductory voice-over distinctly says this is based on a true story with "no doubt as to its authenticity". Of course, that "based on" bit has been abused in the past....

    It's getting to where I don't know _what_ to believe.