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Curse Of 'The Mummy' - How The Classic Film Nearly Wiped Out Its Cast

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If any movie proves that "they just don't make 'em like they used to," it's The Mummy.

That's the The Mummy - as in the box office smash of 1999, to avoid any confusion with certain other films bearing the same name.

The mystical adventure had action, laughs, and special effects that look amazing to this day - and they should, because they cost $150,000 per shot.

While The Mummy gave audiences chills, making the movie was just as frightening for its cast.

From the very beginning of the shoot, to the movie's premiere, it seems like the film's cast and crew were dealing with their own ancient curse.

Location, Location, Location

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Take the movie's filming location: it was moved to Morocco after Egypt proved to be too dangerous for the production.

But even in Morocco, with the country's military acting as bodyguards, kidnapping insurance had to be taken out on the movie's stars. (Of course, director Stephen Sommers didn't tell the actors until after the movie was made.)

When filming moved to the Sahara Desert, dealing with the elements - and the local wildlife wildlife - was a constant struggle.

When the cast weren't putting up with sandstorms and the burning sun, they were swatting away poisonous snakes, spiders and scorpions.

Multiple crew members had to be airlifted to the hospital after being bitten by the set's unwelcome guests.

Some of the movie's most famous stunts also put the actors in real danger. And Brendan Fraser revealed he was lucky to survive one of them.

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