The Mummy Reviews
In the 1890s a mummy is discovered in Egypt that has been placed under a curse. The interaction stirs the mummy and he begins to awaken. The mummy is taken back to Europe to a collector but is lost in route close to his scheduled destination. People in the village start turning up missing. A local man, whose wife looks a lot like the princess the mummy was scheduled to marry, tries to solve the mystery murders.
"A man's best friend is a horse."
"It's a dog."
"It's a horse. I'm not drunk."
Terence Fisher, director of Horror of Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Hounds of Baskersvilles, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, The Brides of Dracula, and The Revenge of Frankenstein, delivers The Mummy. The storyline for this picture is really entertaining and fun to watch unfold. The action scenes aren't outstanding but the acting and character development is very good. The cast includes Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Eddie Byrne, and Yvonne Furneaux.
"He was buried alive in a secret tomb especially prepared for him."
I DVR'd this picture this last Halloween season during a Peter Cushing marathon on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). I found this movie very interesting and well written. I wish the action scenes were a little better, but the overall plot and theme were executed very well. I strongly recommend seeing this if you're a fan of the old school horror genre.
"They wouldn't know an Egyptian from a Chinese acrobat."
Despite the title this is not a remake/reworking of the original Universal film. The story is actually a reworking of that film‚(TM)s sequels The Mummy‚(TM)s Hand and The Mummy‚(TM)s Tomb. Despite those films mostly being B-movie drivel, one good aspect comes from this reworking‚¶more shambling mummy action! Universal‚(TM)s original Mummy only had Boris Karloff on screen in his full bandaged mummy form for a few moments. Not here as we get Christopher Lee shambling around killing as the mummy for almost the entire film.
When a British expedition uncovers the tomb of an Egyptian princess, they awaken the mummy of her lover and high priest who in turns seeks revenge! Like in the Universal film The Mummy‚(TM)s Tomb, the mummy gets transported to England to hunt down the members.
Peter Cushing is great as always and so is Christopher Lee despite the fact that his face is covered up for almost the entire film. The production values are as usual very good (some of the Egyptian sets do look a little fake though). I however wasn‚(TM)t that aw struck by the make-up work for the Mummy. This image of the mummy comes nowhere near any of the original Universal films.
Like Universal‚(TM)s original Mummy this film isn‚(TM)t quit as good as Hammer‚(TM)s first two horror hits The Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula. It‚(TM)s still a grand Hammer feature and a classic of the genre. It was followed by two sequels, The Curse of the Mummy‚(TM)s Tomb and The Mummy‚(TM)s Shroud (a fourth ‚mummy‚? film titled Blood from the Mummy‚(TM)s Tomb was also made but it was based on a Bram Stoker story and actually did not have a mummy).