Return of the (Treasure) King
Starting September 10th, there is going to be plenty of treasure on display Wednesday nights on REELZChannel with Treasure King returning to REELZ preceded by an all new episode of Beverly Hills Pawn. As far as modern-day, real-life treasure troves go, we're guessing Richie Marcello and Yossi Dina have the most impressive and valuable collections around. Since we don't have piles of jewels and gold coins all our own, we're counting down our favorite fictional treasure troves from the movies.It's Good to Be King
Much as we dislike the Lestrange family, particularly Bellatrix, they have a very impressive vault full of very unusual things. Sure they have plenty of gold, but they also have spike-covered golden skulls, cool candelabras, and a piece of Voldemort's soul. Even better, the treasure multiplies whenever somebody touches it, so really, the vault actually contains the potential to create an infinite number of spike-covered golden skulls. Now that's an awesome treasure room.
It was no simple task to find the goods in this Muppet flick, but the eponymous treasure is worth the journey. With all those gold platters we’d be set for every dinner party and Thanksgiving dinner that we’ll ever have to host. Also we particularly like this trove because it apparently comes complete with its very own Tim Curry, and who doesn’t want that?
While we can understand Smaug’s desire to roll around and sleep in his pile of treasure, we also wonder what’s the point of treasure if you don’t spend it? Maybe the people of Esgaroth wouldn’t have been so quick to help kill the dragon if he’d been a little more spendy with his wealth. Just sayin'.
One-Eyed Willie might’ve had a questionable name, but he had an incomparable treasure. Gold, jewelry, creepy eye patches, hair hanglets — he likely had one of the most diversified treasure troves in movie history. As a bonus, the treasure apparently comes with it's own sea-worthy old-timey sailing ship.
First, the treasure room in The Mummy has the coolest light switch we’ve ever seen. Also, it’s full of zombies — ok, they’re mummies come to life, but we figure the undead are the undead whether they're covered in strips of cloth or not. The Mummy also gets extra points for having the best statuary of any of these collections.
Much like The Mummy, National Treasure features another treasure room that has an awesome lighting scheme. This makes total sense, because with all that treasure, who'd scrimp on the lighting design? (The answer is Smaug. His lighting was a mess.) We definitely want the treasure complete with kooky Ben Franklin spectacles, and even better if they're worn by Nic Cage, who is himself a national treasure.
The Cave of Wonders, which is probably also the name of One-Eyed Willie’s favorite strip club, likely already contained enough gold and jewels to make wooing Princess Jasmine fairly feasible for Aladdin once he got his hands on it. However the Cave of Wonders' gold coins and objets d'art are almost inconsequential once the Genie’s lamp, complete with it’s three wishes, is thrown into the mix. In the end, we decided that this is the treasure trove we'd pick and then our first wish would be that our treasure came complete with one Tim Curry and one Nic Cage.