October 24, 2011

Mummies: a guest post from vvb32reads

VVB (I call her Velvet) loves books of every stripe it seems, but she tends to favor the books with an element of darkness, weirdness, or the strange. And she maintains a great blog to express her love of such books. After you finish reading about her love for mummies, be sure to visit her blog which will have a review related to this very topic: http://vvb32reads.blogspot.com/

by vvb
A mummy is a body, human or animal, whose skin and organs have been preserved by either intentional or incidental exposure to chemicals, extreme coldness (ice mummies), very low humidity, or lack of air when bodies are submerged in bogs, so that the recovered body will not decay further if kept in cool and dry conditions. Some authorities restrict the use of the term to bodies deliberately embalmed with chemicals, but the use of the word to cover accidentally desiccated bodies goes back at least to the 1730s. - per wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mummy )
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec
France, 2010; DVD
Available via Amazon
Directed by: Luc Besson
Starring: Louise Bourgoin
The year is 1912. Adele Blanc-Sec, an intrepid young reporter, will go to any lengths to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes. 
Meanwhile, in Paris, it's panic stations!
A 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg on a shelf in the natural history museum has mysteriously hatched, and the bird subjects the city to a reign of terror from the skies.
But nothing fazes Adele Blanc-Sec, whose adventures reveal many more extraordinary surprises...

My two bits: fun and campy
Although there are actually two monsters in this story a pterodactyl and mummies, I decided to focus on the mummies.
When I first spotted this french gem, I was taken with the trailer (see above) with its supernatural, Victorian and hints of steampunk mix.
The film turns out to be a fun piece, but better watched with English subtitles rather than dubbed. I wasn't crazy about the voice for Adele and the pacing of the her dialogue made her sound silly instead of the tough chick that she is.
As for the mummies...
Patmosis is the focus for Adele. He turns out to be a comedic character with a bit of a British accent despite being Egyptian. Not a scary sort of fellow, but scary looking nevertheless.

The mummies do have certain supernatural abilities that they use to help Adele with her predicament. So, you can say they turn out to be good guys.
All-in-all I enjoyed this film with its somewhat tame mummies.
FYI:  film based on comic series...

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec: Pterror Over Paris / The Eiffel Tower Demon (Vol. 1) (via Amazon) by Jacques Tardi - MY REVIEW


  1. EXCELLENT guest post!!! While I've not heard of Adele Blanc-Sec, I think it's something I'd truly enjoy ... *love* all the info on mummies :D

  2. I love Vee's posts -- so excited to read her thoughts abt this movie as the prettiness of it has grabbed me. I appreciate the tip abt the subtitles vs dubbing -- will be sure to turn on the subtitles when I (finally) get this DVD!

  3. Sounds like a lot of fun. I will have to check it out, with the subtitles. I hate dubbing.