The Mummy's Hand Reviews

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April 27, 2015
Fun characters, lots of neat gags, and a neat-looking Mummy, but it doesn't give much more in terms of plot or suspense. The Mummy doesn't show up until the later half, and it's not the most interesting Universal Monster. The short run-time does make it a quick film to watch though.
Super Reviewer
September 29, 2014
Digging up the Mummy name for a new story of Hieroglyphic Hocus Pocus, the bizarrely comic but often entertaining Mummys Hand has nothing to do with a certain appendage but introduces the title character as a rag-wearing shambler who kills on command. With this deuce, the franchise wraps itself in the B-Movie threads that audiences would associate with the brand more than Karloff. Lead-footed silent creature? Crazy cultist using said creature to enact revenge? Damsel carried away by creature? Yep, these boxes all get checked. Fun more than frightful, however, The Mummy's Hand strangely stands on its own ragged feet.

In this continuation of the Universal horror series, an ancient mummy is revived to destroy those that would invade the 3,000 year old tomb of an Egyptian princess.

Interestingly, Abbott and Costello weren't the first comic duo to bring slapstick to this creature feature. In an overlong buildup to the action, Dick Foran and Wallace Ford enact hi-jinks. Oh, and they get an American magician to bankroll their expedition! Its oddities like this that distinguish this follow-up from its forebear and in other ways what was to follow. Though future installments took their story cues and characters from this go-round, the tone was never this freewheeling again, for better and worse.

Bottom line: Pyramid Scheme
July 21, 2014

The creeping death does not scary me, for it is all around us.
January 7, 2014
The Mummys hand is a good addition to the Mummy franchise.
October 29, 2013
Here's a good one from the 40's. The Mummy's Hand is actually more of a reboot than a sequel, but it does recycle some footage from the original "Mummy". I will say the most grotesque moment comes from when the man has his tongue cut out as to not offend the gods. The plot is interesting as where the mummy who was laid in the tomb is alive and a series of priests have been keeping him alive all these centuries. This movie also includes a poor mans version of Abbot and Costello, they are there for comedic effect and it works, especially with the introduction of the magician character, its all just good clean fun. This movie does have a spooky set atmosphere for it and the music goes along greatly with it. Overall its an enjoyable classic film, and it even has a big climatic scene. Compared to the first one, its more entertaining and moves a lot faster than it but it lacks the level of atmosphere that "The Mummy" presented us. Overall, its definitely worth a watch if you are into the classics.
½ September 23, 2013
A follow-up only in name to superior "Mummy" (1932). The first of several sequels, not only does the story arc not match the original, none of the original characters are to be found. This is not to say it is bad, just different as this is more action adventure as opposed to the Gothic gloom found in the 1932 film. There is a duo of goofy archaeologists used for comic relief (not the the level of Abbot and Costello in their Mummy film, so i cannot rightly call this a horror-comedy). A ruler of a secret cult explains an ancient Egyptian king will soon be rising from the dead to find his long dead wife. People wanna get things and people wanna kill people. Sometimes hurried and sometimes comical, good story-line which should get remade.
April 16, 2013
More mummy than the original, more laughs than the original (the humor isn't subtle at all) but the acting and atmosphere don't measure up enough to make this better than its predecessor. But oh well, sequels rarely do. This film on its own is fun. Infact, its so much fun that it feels as if it looses sight of being a horror movie at times.
January 26, 2013
Lovely blend of horror & comedy. Creepy atmosphere and Wallace Ford's comic relief is great.
December 12, 2012
Where are you guys going to find this hill of the seven jack asses?

A rumored treasure and lost tomb in the most dangerous region of the desert has somehow leaked artifacts that an archeologist discovers. The archeologist convinces his best friend and an investor to help him get the resources to find the tomb. He doesn't know that another scientist is fast on his trail, and once he gets there, the scientist plans to reanimate a mummy to kill the archeologist and his companions.

"There's someone around here that just don't like company."

Christy Cabanne, director of Scared to Death, The Man Who Walked Alone, King of the Bandits, Hot Steel, and The Devil's Pipeline, delivers The Mummy's Hand. The storyline for this picture was just okay but the characters were very well written and presented and the overall film was so much fun. The cast includes Dick Foran, Peggy Moran, Wallace Ford, and Cecil Kellaway.

"He's alive."

This movie aired on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on Halloween so I DVR'd it. I didn't expect much but this was very entertaining and worthwhile. I adored the slew of characters that included scientists, magicians, and plenty of comic relief. I thought this was a clever picture that is definitely worth your time.

"I'll fix them with my trick revolver."

Grade: B+
November 1, 2012
With the Mummy's Hand, Universal did a complete 360 from the Karloff film. With all new characters, a new mummy and a new storyline, this bears little resemblance to the first movie - save from the metric tons of footage lifted from it, of course. With a slant towards comedy that hasn't aged too well, this is one of the lesser Universal chillers of the time. But the mummy stays bandaged this time, and it is clear that this film is the basis for the modern Mummy reboot as well as the Hammer films of the 50s and onwards. An uneven experience, but a nice evening wrap.
½ October 31, 2012
feels like a B movie
½ October 29, 2012
So much more entertaining than the original 1932 Mummy, I'm afraid. Full of jokes and stock footage, it's 1 hour and 6 minute run time is perfect and well worth it.
Super Reviewer
½ January 7, 2008
No more Im-Ho-Tep. Forget Im-Ho-Tep. Universal does a re-do. I thought I was watching an Abbott and Costello movie without Abbott and Costello. Foran and Ford act like and even look a little like the comedy duo, who later star in a string of movies with the Universal monsters. A very old high priest of Arkan passes down the secret of the mummy to a new high priest named Andoheb (Zucco). The filmmakers blatantly reuse the ancient Egyptian footage from the first Mummy picture to retell the story with some alterations. If you look closely, you will even recognize shots of Boris Karloff in profile or from behind. Face shots of Karloff have been replaced with shots of Tom Tyler. The man who is to become the Mummy is now named Kharis and he is not a high priest himself. The sequels confuse what he was. Was he a commoner, a guard, or a prince? This time instead of a scroll in the box there are tana leaves and Kharis' tongue is cut out before being embalmed alive. We are informed that the tea from three boiled tana leaves should be given to Kharis each night during the full moon cycle to keep him alive to guard the princess's tomb. The princess's name has been altered to Ananka as well. Nine tana leaves will give Kharis the strength to exact revenge on those who desecrate the ancient tombs. Well, there is still more set up as Foran, as Steve Banning, and Ford, as Babe Jenson, bring a side-show magician named Solvani the Great (Kellaway) and his daughter Marta (Moran) into their excavation team. There are some quaint vaudeville type gags that work and I like Peggy Moran as the more gutsy and brainy damsel, who nevertheless needs to be saved by daring men. The new high priest Andoheb, who by day is a professor at the local museum, has an assistant (Arno), who passes himself off as a beggar to keep an eye on the foolish American explorers. At least half an hour goes by before the Mummy makes an appearance and that is nearly half the length of the film. I don't understand why The Mummy's Hand was chosen as the title. The Mummy's Tea would make more sense. The mummy is really thirsty! But who would go to a movie with a title like that? The costuming, makeup and effects for the mummy are not great. When the stunt double for Andoheb is rolling down some temple stairs, it really stood out to me that the double had hair, while Zucco is bald. The "temple" is a recycled set and from the exterior is surely somewhere in California, not in Egypt. The thrills and action are pretty lame.
September 11, 2012
Good adventure horror with some great cinematography and sets. A little boring until the end, however.
September 11, 2012
A good adventure/horror film with some great cinematography and sets. Pretty boring until the end though.
July 27, 2012
Eschews all the wonderful mood and dramatic tension of the first film, and replaces those elements with... nothing! A big letdown, the cool mummy makeup and surprisingly sharp dialogue notwithstanding.
April 9, 2012
More action than the first fil as well as a uch faster pace, that's needed for this film.
½ March 29, 2012
Acceptable time-killer with some creepy moments (the mummy's eyes are like black holes!) but regurgitates plot elements from its much more successful predecessor without any of the stars returning. Karloff is sorely missed (although George Zucco does exhibit some menace as the High Priest). Still, it is somehow reassuring to revisit the Universal Monsters on days like these.
½ March 5, 2012
Sort of a reimagining of the original (yes they even did this in the 30s). Instead of Im-Ho-Tep we now have Karis, who is a more stereotypical slow ass mindless mummy. Im not a big mummy fan, but this was watchable.
February 2, 2012
Mummy's Hand is one of the four timeless sequels to have been released in the wake of the successful film, The Mummy. This film, however, is in another world as it is not a direct sequel to the predecessor. The film removes Immotep and replaces him with a priest who is buried alive for trying toy with life and death. A curse is placed on his sight with a few faithful defenders, but that soon when those pesky explorers arrive. The expedition is headed by two people and funded by a nearly broke magician and his daughter. They soon discover the tomb they entered is definitely cursed and to make matters worse, the mummy they found is alive. I was dreading a really limited potential film, but was pleasantly surprised by this sequel. The cast was excellent and lovable because you get to see these guys and know their persona. Mummy's Hand is definitely worth watching.
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