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Matt accidentally opens an evil, cursed book, unleashing a plague upon the Beams household in the form of The Mummy Returns. The only way to undo the curse is to thoroughly discuss the 2001 film starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. They discuss the history of the Mummy franchise, from its roots in the Universal Monster movies of the 1930s, to the mid-budget action pictures of the '90s and '00s, to the ill-fated Dark Universe of 2017. But it all comes back to one widely disliked sequel that Matt watched repeatedly as a youth and, to his surprise, still loves. 

This episode references a video essay about The Mummy by YouTuber Josh Keefe: https://youtu.be/jajqS_f9ZXQ

It also quotes extensively from, "What Ever Happened to Brendan Fraser," a GQ article from 2018 by Zach Baron. Read that article here: https://bit.ly/2Yougcg

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