Directed by Terence Fisher
One by one the archaeologists who discover the 4,000-year-old tomb of Princess Ananka are brutally murdered. Kharis (Lee), high priest in Egypt 40 centuries ago, has been brought to life by the power of the ancient gods and his sole purpose is to destroy those responsible for the desecration of the sacred tomb. But Isobel Banning (Furneaux), wife of one of the explorers (Cushing), resembles the beautiful princess, forcing the speechless and tormented monster to defy commands and abduct Isobel to an unknown fate...
One by one the archaeologists who discover the 4,000-year-old tomb of Princess Ananka are brutally murdered.
Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux
Far from Hammer's or Cushings' best work.
The fact I've found myself watching this movie again and again is due to its youthful staying power. By which I mean these where all young people making horror movies about youth and sexual taboo, hidden deep within the subtext. With this new element, Hammer reinvented the horror genre into something sexy to watch. As a result, The Mummy is a remarkable story with Hammers greats (Cushing and Lee) leading the helm. Much like the Dracula films, it would not be complete without them battling each other. The secondary underlying narrative of poking at English sensibilities (eg robbing Egyptian Graves) is surprisingly contemporary and Lees tortured Kharis (aka the Mummy) really steals the show. Absolute classic without a doubt.
Exposition the film. Most of it consists of dialogue but very light on plot. The villain’s motivation is thin and the pacing is glacial. A good cast does not a good film make.
got to love a hammer horror!!!!
Brilliant! More hammer horror please