Friday, January 25, 2013

The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb (1964)

Starring Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard, Fred Clark, Jeanne Roland, George Pastell
Directed by Michael Carreras
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

After a brash American showman begins plans to exhibition a mummy and the contents of his tomb, the mummy returns to life and begins hunting down the tomb's desecrators.

This film was the second "Mummy" movie made by Britain's Hammer Films, the first of which benefitted from the strong performance of Christopher Lee in the title role, whose eyes expressed volumes from beneath the mummy's bandages.  This follow-up is not a sequel, but involves a different mummy stalking those who violated his tomb.  Although there are some new wrinkles to this plot, the climax is much the same as the previous film, visually repeating a memorable sequence with the mummy crashing through double doors to claim his latest victim.  Stuntman Dickie Owen plays the mummy this time and he has no hope of matching Lee's performance with his eyes barely perceptible under half closed slits in the bandages.  This film does surpass the first Hammer Mummy film in at least one respect, the superb production design by Bernard Robinson, who although he did fine work for the first picture, outdoes himself in creating absolutely breathtaking Egyptian artifacts.

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