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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Mummy's Shroud (1967)

Starring Andre Morell, John Phillips, David Buck, Elizabeth Sellars, Maggie Kimberly
Directed by John Gilling
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

After the body of an Egyptian prince and the mummy of the slave who protected him are reunited, the mummy is brought back to life to murder those that entered the prince's tomb.

Probably the second best of the series of "Mummy" pictures produced by Hammer Films, (with 1959's The Mummy being the best), this film follows the same formula as most of this type with the mummy hunting down the archaeologists who desecrated the tomb one by one, but benefits from a strong cast and good direction by Gilling, who also wrote the screenplay.  A standout character is an Egyptian fortune teller (played by Catherine Lacey) who cackles in delight when informing the mummy's victims they are going to die, but her ability to actually watch the other characters wherever they are in her crystal ball seems a bit far fetched.  Although again we have a mummy played by a stuntman who doesn't provide much depth to their role, all in all, it's an entertaining film, not the most suspenseful of Gilling's, but fun nonetheless.

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