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The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)





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Although not up to the usual classic standards of the Hammer horror features, The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb has enough severed heads, hands, and blood to satisfy fans of the genre. Victorian-era archaeologists unearth an Egyptian tomb that is cursed, of course. The mummy and his sarcophagus is slated to go to a museum, but an American carnival owner manages to secure the bundle of bandages for his side show. Wherever the show travels, murders follow, as the descendant of the mummy seeks revenge against those who desecrated the tomb.
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Dickie Owen
as The Mummy
Ronald Howard
as John Bray
Terence Morgan
as Beauchamp
Fred Clark
as King
Jeanne Roland
as Annette
George Pastell
as Hashmi Bey
John Paul
as Insp. MacKenzie
Jack Gwillim
as Sir Giles Dalrymple
Bernard Rebel
as Prof. DuBois
Vernon Smythe
as Jessop
Marianne Stone
as Landlady
Jimmy Gardner
as Fred's Mate
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Critic Reviews for The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb

All Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | October 27, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

Stale and uninspired formulaic mummy pic.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
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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.

Ryan Voss
Ryan Voss

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.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

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.

John Tandlich
John Tandlich

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