This blog is a place for Me to review classic British films (in particular horror films) by Hammer, Amicus and the like. But I will occasionally branch out and review international films as these are the international counterpart to the British films, some of which will include works by American International Pictures, Mario Bava et al. I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, 26 June 2010

The Mummy

In 1895 Egypt, an archaeological team, against the wishes of a native, disrupt and desecrate the tomb of Princess Ananka; the Princess of Karnak, and discover The Scroll of Life. After witnessing the desecration, the native who then reveals himself as a servant of Karnak swears that he will help aid the revenge of the Princess' desecrated tomb. Three years later, one of the archaeologists tells that he unwittingly resurrected the mummified remains of Kharis; the eternal guardian of Princess Ananka's tomb. The Karnak servant instructs the resurrected Kharis to exact revenge on those who desecration the Princess' tomb.



The Mummy is a 1959 Hammer Production, it was Hammer's third reinvention of a classic screen monster, after 1957's The Curse of Frankenstein and 1958's Dracula. It was directed by Terence Fisher and stars Peter Cushing as John Banning (one of the archaeologists) and Christopher Lee as Kharis.

I found The Mummy to be a decent enough film, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I enjoyed Hammer's previous two classic monster reinventions; The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula, but I feel I may have a slight preference for Dracula and Frankenstein tales over that of Mummy tales, this may have effected my judgement of the film. But as always there were great performances from Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Peter Cushing delivers another top notch performance in his classic melodramatic style. Christopher Lee as always gives a brilliant physical presence whenever he plays the villain of the story, equipped with both his menacing height and dark demeanour he is brilliant as the rampaging, vengeful mummy. The film continues Hammer's traditional atmospheric touch that audiences at the time would be getting to know through Hammer's Frankenstein and Dracula films, and in years to come would love.

The Mummy 3/5

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