Imhotep takes Beni and Evelyn back to Hamanaptra. Pilot Winston Havlock flies Rick, Jonathan, and Ardeth Bay there so they can rescue Evelyn, but Imhotep uses his powers to create a sandstorm and cause the plane to crash, killing Winston. Rick, Jonathan, and Ardeth survive. In the City of the Dead, Imhotep resurrects his mummy priests to battle the three heroes, while he attempts to sacrifice Evelyn in order to resurrect Anck-Su-Namun. Meanwhile, the villainous Beni is stealing some of Pharaoh Seti's treasure from the treasure chamber.
Rick frees Evelyn, but Anck-Su-Namun is resurrected. Jonathan reads from the Book of Amun Ra and accidentally awakens some soldier mummies who battle Rick after he kills the mummy priests. After reading another inscription, Jonathan commands the soldiers to kill Anck-Su-Namun. Imhotep attempts to kill Rick, but Evelyn reads an inscription which causes Imhotep to lose his Hom-Dai powers and become human. Rick kills Imhotep with his sword, and Imhotep sinks into the dark bog.
While stealing more gold, Beni's greed causes him to accidentally activate a lever which causes Hamanaptra to start collapsing. Beni tries to drag his treasure bag, but abandons it and narrowly avoids being crushed by a wall. Ardeth Bay has already made it outside. Evelyn and Jonathan make it through the last doorway with Rick behind them. Beni attempts to escape with Rick, but the archway thuds to the floor, sealing Beni in the treasure chamber. Other walls come down, blocking the exits and trapping Beni. A lone scarab appears on top of a statue and, after spotting Beni, it alerts the other scarabs to come out so they can kill Beni. Suddenly, thousands of scarabs surround Beni. The terrified Beni tries to hold them off with his failing torch. Beni's torch dies and the scarabs devour him in the pitch black darkness, serving justice to Beni for the evil he did throughout the story. Rick, Evelyn and Jonathan say goodbye to Ardeth Bay and ride camels into the desert, unaware of one of Beni's treasure bags attached to one camel.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Jonathan picks up the scarab, it breaks open and the beetle inside starts to crawl under his skin. We see Brendan Fraser tear Jonathan's shirt and cut the beetle out of him. However, in the very next scene, we see Jonathan walking into the temple, his shirt is intact and there is no blood to be seen. (01:37:05 - 01:38:30)
Rick: Well if it ain't my little buddy Beni. I think I'll kill you.
Beni: Think of my children.
Rick: You don't have any children
Beni: Someday I might.
Trivia: An explanation for why there is no salt acid booby-trap protecting the gold book like there was protecting the black book. In the missing scene some of Imhotep's priests burst through the floor/ground and attack Jonathan and Rick, who get tossed aside. The priests then open the gold book's hiding place and get burned all up by the salt acid. You can even see when Rick grabs the TNT that there is smoke rising from the hole.
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