The Curse of the Aztec Mummy

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The Curse of the Aztec Mummy
The Curse of the Aztec Mummy poster.jpg
Mexican release poster
Directed by Rafael Portillo
Produced by Guillermo Calderón (producer)
Written by Guillermo Calderón
Alfredo Salazar
Starring See below
Music by Antonio Díaz Conde
Cinematography Enrique Wallace
Edited by Jorge Bustos
José Li-ho
Cinematográfica Calderón S.A.
Distributed by Clasa-Mohme (1957 United States theatrical release)
Release date
Running time
65 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

The Curse of the Aztec Mummy (Spanish: La Maldición de la Momia Azteca) is a 1957 Mexican horror film directed by Rafael Portillo. It is the second film in the Aztec Mummy series which began with The Aztec Mummy (Spanish title:La Momia Azteca) which was released earlier that year.


The plot is continued from the first film in the series, The Aztec Mummy. The evil Dr. Krupp (Luis Aceves Castañeda) escapes from the police with the aid of his gang, and once again tries to get possession of the Aztec princess Xochitl's gold breastplate and bracelet by hypnotizing her current reincarnation, Flor Sepulveda, to get her to reveal the location of Xochitl's tomb. Confusion reigns as Krupp and his thugs are opposed by Flor's fiance Dr. Almada, his mild-mannered assistant Pinacate, and a mysterious masked superhero called The Angel. It turns out their bookish friend Pinacate has been the man behind the Angel's mask. Dr. Krupp kidnaps Flor, Dr. Almada and the Angel, and tries to force Almada to translate the hierogyphics on the breastplate which will reveal the secret location of the Aztec treasure. He finally meets his match, however, when Popoca, the warrior mummy who guards Xochitl's tomb, bursts into the mad doctor's lab, kills his thugs and throws the screaming Dr. Krupp into a pit filled with live snakes. Popoca takes his stolen artifacts and stumbles off back to his tomb. Flor and Dr. Almada go off to get married. This film's plot led into the third film in the trilogy, The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy.



The Curse of the Aztec Mummy was released theatrically in 1957.[1] It was later dubbed in English and released in the US by K. Gordon Murray.[2]


Author and film critic Leonard Maltin awarded the film one and a half out of four stars, calling it "Cheap" and "droning".[3] On his website Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings, Dave Sindelar noted that the film was slightly better than its sequel, having more plot than the other films in the series. Sindelar's only criticism was slow pacing during the last half of the film.[4] TV Guide awarded the film three out of four stars, calling it "wholly enjoyable".[5]

Horror on their review for the complete series gave the film a negative review calling it "the least satisfying entry in the series". The reviewer also criticized the introduction of the superhero El Ángel as "random".[6]

Other films in The Aztec Mummy series


  1. ^ O'Neill, James (1994). "Terror on Tape". Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-7612-1. Page 85
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  3. ^ Leonard Maltin; Spencer Green; Rob Edelman (January 2010). Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide. Plume. p. 143. ISBN 978-0-452-29577-3.
  4. ^ Sindelar, Dave. "The Curse of the Aztec Mummy (1957)". Dave Sindelar. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  5. ^ "The Curse Of The Aztec Mummy - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings". TV TV Guide. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  6. ^ "DVD Reviews A-M - Horror Digital". Horror Jeremy. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  7. ^ Hardy, Phil (1995). "The Overlook Film Encyclopedia Horror. Overlook Press. ISBN 0-87951-624-0. Page 164

External links

  • The Curse of the Aztec Mummy on IMDb
  • Curse of the Aztec Mummy at Rotten Tomatoes
  • The Curse of the Aztec Mummy at the TCM Movie Database
  • La maldición de la momia azteca at DB Cult Film Institute
  • La Maldicion de la Momia Azteca at AllMovie

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