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!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb


After the discovery of the tomb of Ra-Antef. Three men, against all warnings and threats, arrange to have the mummified remains exported to England to start a European tour with the mummy. The mummy then comes to life and begins killing various members of the expedition, but one of the members has a secret that involves the mummy's past.

The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
is a 1964 Hammer production. It stars Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard and Fred Clark. It was directed by Michael Carreras.

George Pastell who was in 1959's The Mummy as Mehemet Bey returns in this as Hashmi Bey. As far as I'm aware this isn't a sequel to the 1959 film, so why he's dressed exactly the same in both films and has the same surname bewilders me, though he does have a different first name which confuses matters more. Now we know he's not the same character, yet he has clearly been made to look exactly the same as in The Mummy. This film is even set 5 years after the previous film, so he could easily have been made to be the same character. I really doubt that Hashmi is Mehemet's twin brother, because if he is and they dress exactly the same like their mother would have dressed them when they were babies, then that's just silly. I mean if he were his twin, and they continued doing this for a series of Mummy films, then we would end up with a Mummy franchise just like the American Pie Presents franchise. We'd be introduced to Mehemet's twin, younger brother, cousin and so on. I know Hammer reused their regular actors, but to have the same guy playing two different roles where he dresses and looks exactly the same and even has the same surname is pretty daft. This film could have been made as a sequel to The Mummy just by using the same Mr Bey in both films, but no he's a different character...though he also isn't.

Mehemet Bey, The Mummy, 1959

Hashmi Bey, The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, 1964

I rather liked that the mummy wasn't just your everyday killer mummy, instead by the end of the film we see that he still retains his human side, when he saves a woman from being killed and then ultimately he kills himself to end his curse.

Overall, I think it was a bit slow in the first half, still good mind just a bit slow, whereas the second half was better. The film picked up once the mummy turned up, shame it took him a while to turn up in his own film. There was some good old fashioned Hammer violence intermittently from start to finish, there were a lot of hands getting chopped off which is always good in a Hammer Horror. I also liked that the mummy wasn't your typical mummy as I mentioned earlier. I enjoyed the mummy being different to what I expected. This film didn't feature any of the Hammer regulars, except George Pastell, but even he can't be classed as a hammer regular as he's only been in a few Hammer films, he's not exactly Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee. Due to it not featuring any well known Hammer regulars I figured this wouldn't be very good, as I've found the better ones tend to be saved for the Hammer regulars. But this film surprised me, I rather enjoyed it, it wasn't brilliant but it equally wasn't bad. It's a decent Hammer Horror, especially so for a Hammer featuring non-regulars.

The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb 3/5

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