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May 17, 2015
More slow-walking eerie but dull Mummy moments, in technicolor. The characters are decent, The Mummy is still rather cool, and there are some fun jumps and creepy moments. Otherwise, there isn''t much here to remember.
½ October 31, 2014
Handsomely photographed, but rather routine Hammer Horror film. A mummy if found. An American exploits the mummy in a crass show. The mummy then comes to life and kills lots of people. Worth watching for Hammer fans, but it's nothing all that special.
½ October 27, 2014
Members of an expedition that uncovered the mummy of Ra-Antef find themselves under a curse that results in their deaths. This follow-up to Hammer Films' "The Mummy" starring Peer Cushing and Christopher Lee is mostly a disappointment. With a title like The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, you would reasonably expect the promise of a mummy on the loose killing people. Ultimately, that's what occurs, but it takes too long for the main plot to get going. The mummy does not appear until well into the movie, and other than a gruesome opening murder, the first half of the movie is one of inaction and mostly annoying dialogue.

However, when the mummy appears, he doesso with vengeance. Director Michael Carreras' handling of the film's horror sequences were excellent. The mummy here comes off as something more than a walking prop, as was portrayed in the Universal films of the 1930s. It comes off as much more ominous, menacing. Its several scenes of violent murders of several expedition members, especially one scene where a skull is crushed under the weight of the mummy's foot, are notably gruesome for the time, if graphically tame by current standards.

The cast is a little uneven. While Terence Morgan and Ronald Howard could not equal the screen presence of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, they're perfectly adequate. Jeanne Roland, whose sole talent apparently was as horror film eye candy was cast as the requisite damsel in distress. Fred Clark lends the film a bit of comedic relief as an amoral overbearing American businessman looking to profit from the mummy's discovery.

On the plus side, the film looked and sounded great, with its widescreen, full-color cinematography highlighting the Egyptian tombs and artifacts. The musical score by Carlo Martinelli was dramatic. The reuse of Franz Reizenstein's score for the 1959 Mummy didn't hurt the film.

This followup to "The "Mummy" is a disappointment that could have used a rewrite of the first half of the movie.
October 18, 2014
Worst ending ever. Dumbest climax ever. Everything was slow but okay till the end.
½ October 16, 2010
The leads are really disappointing but the script does them no favours. Ronald Howard tries his best as the young hero but seems out of his depth and Jeanne Roland amply fills out a variety of low cut dresses (her performance is even dubbed, it must have been that bad. Itā(TM)s up to veteran Jack Gwillim to try and instill some sort of authenticity and believability in his short-lived role as Egyptologist Sir Giles. Itā(TM)s a pity that his character is soon turned into a buffoon and drunk and literally kicked to the sidelines until the time comes when heā(TM)s needed to die a horrible death. Michael Ripper, a regular Hammer character actor, pops up as an Arab (a role which is very non-politically correct nowadays as heā(TM)s covered in face paint!).
October 11, 2014
the sequel to The Mummy(1959) is a bad follow-up to such a good film but it don't stop this film from being a classic Hammer film.
January 22, 2014
The small handful of unrelated sequels made by Hammer to its 1959 original are not thought of very highly at all, and at this point I have not seen them all, but I can say with great passion that I think this one gets an unfairly bad rap. In fact, the absence of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee aside, I think this is a far more entertaining and interesting movie than its predecessor, which was often quite stiff. Here is a film that is unabashedly fun, utilizing to the fullest extent its widescreen scope and technicolor palette. Michael Carreras, known best for his role as producer to just about everything Hammer put out in its most illustrious period, wrote and directed the film, and not only does he do a fine job taking over for previous MUMMY director Terence Fisher, but he directs with great artistry and a knowing for the movement of cinema, resulting in a picture full of life and energy. His camera makes big movements here, tracking and craning to string relatively complex shots together. Even more impressive is the movie's cast, full of actors who nail both the film's dramatic scenes and its comic ones. The triangular dynamic between Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard and Jeanne Roland is one that could have easily choked the picture in lesser actor's hands, but they keep it alive and tense for the film's brief running time. I was very, very pleasantly surprised by this picture- a thrilling and humorous if less weighty stop for those on the journey through Hammer's storied filmography.
October 22, 2013
Another forgotten Hammer classic. One of my favorite mummy flicks ever. On a double feature dvd with THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL.
½ August 6, 2013
From Hammer, this time written, produced and directed by Michael Carreras (The Curse of the Werewolf (1960), She (1965) and Shatter (1965)), this was a sequel to Hammer's The Mummy (1959), it has some good moments however the film suffers from having no big name stars, and it does have a confusing twist. Englishmen John Bray (Ronald Howard) and Sir Giles Dalrymple (Jack Gwillim) as well as French Professor Eugene Dubois (Bernard Rebel), along with Dubois' daughter Annette (Jeanne Roland), find a mummy's tomb out in Egypt, and have the artifacts sent back to England. American showman Alexander King (Fred Clark) bankrolled the expedition, and puts on an over the top show with the artifacts, however there's a shock in store when they discover the Mummy inside it's sarcophagus is missing. Plus it looks like that shady arts patron Adam Beecham (Terence Morgan) has something to hide. It's a film that doesn't outstay it's welcome, but it does drag a bit in the middle, and it was greenlit and filmed on the hoof, and it shows. It's horror and outcome have all been seen in other Hammer horrors, done better there as well, but this needed a better script and cast.
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July 11, 2013
While definitely not as much a first-rate production as Hammer's first Mummy, Curse of the Mummy's Tomb has some great camerawork, nice supporting performances, and an intriguing mummy plot. Archaeologists financed by an American P. T. Barnum type find a lost tomb and open it despite the curse that says whosoever is present at its opening should die. Hammer production values prevail with lush costumes and sets. George Pastell(from the original) is back as yet another Egyptian naysayer out to prove that the British had no right to take and break the sacred nature of treasure and memory of forgotten kings. Michael Ripper, Jack Gwillim, and Fred Clark excel in their supporting roles, clearly out-performing the rather tiresome and boring leads of Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard, and Jeanne Roland. Clark gives an impressive performance(as well as very affable one) as the American out to turn his mummy find into carnival magic, taking the show to the "American Heartland" for a dime a peep. The story is not the fastest paced story around, but once the mummy's casket gets opened people die. Definitely worth a look for the mummy fan. 5 Stars 7-6-13
January 30, 2013
Unfortunately this falls into the same trap as many other movies and gets the balance wrong, there's just too much back story and not enough action! A deranged mummy killing people off one by one would be much more interesting for me... Maybe I'm not in the spirit of what the films about, but be honest; these were the only entertaining parts of the movie.
½ January 11, 2013
It is a so so movie no doubt but fun all the same, i enjoyed this piece of hokum.
November 1, 2012
Not one of Hammer's best, but a decent chiller with a few good scenes. Admittedly, the plot doesn't always make that much sense and I just do not buy the whole "cursed to live"- reveal. Still, its easy entertainment in a not-so-neat wrapping.
½ October 5, 2012
so so all too familiar story here
½ July 7, 2012
Dry Hammer Horror retelling an unoriginal story with a fairly dull cast. Michael Ripper is underused as an Egyptian servant and George Pastell gives an identical performance to his previous mummy appearance, the Hammer classic The Mummy, only this time he gets his head trodden on by a cross mummy!
½ December 5, 2011
Fun Hammer Horror here, where the openers of a Mummy's tomb, yes, die in many horrible ways. Silly archaeoligists! Has more brains, blood and humor then most other horror movies of these kind seem to have. Best part is Fred Clark as the brass showman Alexander King, who walks away with the best lines.
October 3, 2011
If not for a few flaws, this would be one of the greats. It has an excellent pace that beats out Hammer's first Mummy film, and its action takes an edgy turn; not to mention some nice twists. A solid flick that could've been more.
September 22, 2011
The only reason to watch this peice of crap is Jeanne Roland.
August 21, 2011
The second Hammer mummy movie is a fun entry in their short series which has some great set pieces. Wonderful Hammer cinematography and art direction and th eusual great cast of character actors supported by US import Fred Clark.
½ May 1, 2011
Second in Hammer's Mummy series. Fairly slow to start and more of a B picture. Worth a watch if you're a fan of Hammer.
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