Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)

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.

Rating: 7/10.
Number of views: 1.

If you liked CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB, check out:
THE MUMMY LIVES, THE AWAKENING, THE MUMMY'S SHROUD.



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5 comments:

  1. Man, as a kid, it didn't get much better than a bowl of Franken Berry and watching a Hammer Film on TV with my dad on a Saturday.
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  2. One of the few Hammer films I truly dislike - it does have one highlight however - when The Mummy crushes a poor Egyptian's skull under his dusty foot, off camera of course!

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  3. I genuinely enjoyed King's character, and there were a few highlights for me, particularly the staircase sequence. Even Hammer's lesser efforts still rank highly for me compared to the average genre fare, I didnt mind this one so much until the expectant ending

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  4. There were one or two brief moments that kept me awake, but this is one of the worst for me in pretty much every department. If I remember right, the head crushing scene was shot, but deleted.

    The most recently available issue of Little Shoppe of Horrors is about the making of all of Hammer's mummy movies. I just got it in the mail the other day.

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  5. I am still interested in seeing the rest, someday.. someday..

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