In 1900, an archaeological dig uncovers the tomb of Ra-Antef, son of Ramses VIII and brother to Be, who is said to guard the secrets of resurrection. As the bountiful treasures are relocated to England to begin their world tour, the mummy's curse proves that "anyone that opens a Pharaoh's tomb is doomed to die, horribly." CURSE is a worthy followup to Terence Fisher's original in the Hammer mummy series, offering an engaging (though familiar) plot, keen photography, and enjoyable performances. One can't help but sense a note of English cynicism in the characterization of Alexander King, the opportunist American that desecrates the ancient tombs of Egypt in order to turn a quick buck. The tattered make-up designs are very effective in this entry, however Dickie Owen's portrayal is a clumsy, hulking mess that pales in comparison to Boris Karloff or Christopher Lee. One of the most effective sequences would be replayed in THE EXORCIST nearly a decade later, where the mummified Ra appears at the top of a misty staircase and casts his victim down in a painful death. CURSE would be followed by THE MUMMY'S SHROUD and BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB in the years to follow.
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