6348 S. Latrobe, Chicago, IL
One of the things we always strive for each touring season is to find new haunts that we have never been to before. Such was the case with Curse of the Mummy, a small yard display located in Chicago. We must admit we were intrigued by the all-Egyptian theme and were interested to see what the display was like.
While the display was small and didn't feature a huge number of things, it was, as promised, Egyptian-themed, and had a couple of cool features based on that. One was a large shipping crate located at the end of the front yard that activated when visitors passed by, revealing the contents to be an unfortunate trapped individual pleading to be let out. Another was an autopsy table under a tent, guarded by a couple of deathlike figures, who looked as though they were preparing to dissect the victim on the table.
Of course the main part of the display, and the part for which it was named, was a large section off to the side that featured -you guessed it - a mummy.
This section consisted of a large crypt-like structure that served as a tomb for the mummy. It was eerily lit by red lights and some spotlights reflecting off of the background. As visitors got close, sensors triggered the mummy, who then began to rise out of his tomb to confront them. Overall, it was quite an effective effect, and despite the fact that there was not a lot to look at here, what was on display was creative and entertaining. We look forward to seeing if the Curse of the Mummy returns for 2015!