Scarab (1982, USA/SPA) C-94m. * D: Steven-Charles Jaffe. Starring Rip Torn, Robert Ginty, Cristina Sánchez Pascual, Isabel García Lorca, Donald Pickering. Tedious horror film about ancient Egyptian scarab cult that is reinstated by Torn and causes all kinds of violence. Anti-hero Ginty plays a reporter who investigates mysterious murders. Not completely without interest but causes boredom without relief. Director Jaffe later produced films like NEAR DARK (1987) or STRANGE DAYS (1995); he also cowrote MOTEL HELL (1980).

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