The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)
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Critic Reviews for The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
With so much misfiring in The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, the absence of even a satisfyingly creepy mummy is an absolute film-killing flaw.
Audience Reviews for The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
It's a good looking movie, but none of the leads have the charisma that Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing had. The plot is actually well done, with a solid twist near the ending. The actual Mummy in this has a decent presence, but he's overly made up and has very little expressiveness. Not a terrible film. Just not up to the standards of what to expect from Hammer.
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.
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.
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