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The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb

The Curse of Mummy's Tomb
Directed by Michael Carreras
Produced by Michael Carreras
Written by Henry Younger (pen name of Michael Carreras)
Starring Terence Morgan
Ronald Howard
Fred Clark
Jeanne Roland
Music by Carlo Martelli
Franz Reizenstein (uncredited)
Cinematography Otto Heller, B.S.C.
Production
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Distributed by Columbia
Release dates 18 October 1964
Running time 78 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb is a British Ronald Howard, Fred Clark and introducing Jeanne Roland. Made by Hammer Film Productions, it was released in the UK on 18 October 1964 and, in the US, by Columbia Pictures on 31 December 1964.

Plot

"Terence Morgan: Adam Beauchamp, a secretive key character

  • Ronald Howard: John Bray, the Egyptologist
  • Fred Clark: Alexander King, the American promoter
  • Jeanne Roland: Annette Dubois, daughter of Professor Dubois (the Egyptologist who is killed in the opening scene) and John Bray's fiancee
  • Jack Gwillim: Sir Giles Dalrymple, another Egyptologist
  • John Paul: Inspector Mackenzie
  • Dickie Owen: the Mummy
  • Jill Mai Meredith: Jenny, Beauchamp's maid
  • Michael Ripper: Achmed, Egyptian servant
  • Harold Goodwin: Fred, one of Alexander King's workmen
  • Jimmy Gardner: Fred's mate
  • Vernon Smythe: Jessop, Beauchamp's butler
  • Marianne Stone: Hashmi Bey's landlady
  • Production

    Unlike most Hammer films of that period, it was filmed at Bernard Robinson, most of the cast and crew were not Hammer veterans. Female lead Jeanne Roland, in her screen debut, receives "and introducing" credit, but her voice is dubbed with one that emphasises a prominently thick French accent.[1]

    The score was by Carlo Martelli, but contained uncredited excerpts from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Ippolitov-Ivanov's Procession of the Sardar, and Franz Reizenstein's music written for Hammer's original "mummy" film.

    Because union rules in Britain decreed that one person could not be credited as the writer, producer and director of a film, writer/producer/director Michael Careras adopted the name "Henry Younger" for his screenplay—a deliberate analogy to the name "John Elder", which was Hammer producer Anthony Hinds' writing pseudonym.

    Critical reception

    In his review, TimeOut Film Guide editor and National Film Theatre chief programmer Geoff Andrew described it a "limp Hammer sequel" that is "resolutely unimaginative". Steven H. Scheuer's Movies on TV gave it two stars and called it an "undistinguished horror thriller". Mick Martin's & Marsha Porter's DVD & Video Guide gave it its lowest rating ("turkey") and denigrated it as "wholly unmemorable flapping-bandage horror", while Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, in its 1970s and 1980s editions, found it to be "low-grade horror" deserving of only one-and-a-half stars, but, in a 1990s revised write-up, slightly upgraded the rating to two stars, although still dismissing it as "routine" and giving away the climactic plot revelation by stating, "[M]ost unusual twist: The (human) villain is in fact the Mummy's brother". In his Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again, KTVU-Channel 2 (San Francisco) horror host, John Stanley, calls the Mummy a "[G]auze-enwrapped, bandage-plastered shambler inscribed with hieroglyphics" and ends with "[T]hese mummies—such bores". In another contemporary review, Allmovie critic Cavett Binyon, called the film a "rather dull mummy muddle".[2] In the 2000s, moods towards this film and its Hammer stablemates have changed. Some critics have seen the Hammer Mummy's franchise as more enjoyable than the "Americanized" pictures.

    The Curse of the Mummy currently holds an average two and a half star rating (5.3/10) on IMDb.

    Novelization

    A novelization of the film was written by John Burke as part of his 1966 book The Hammer Horror Film Omnibus.

    Home video release

    In North America, the film was released on 14 October 2008 along with three other Hammer horror films on the 2-DVD set Icons of Horror Collection: Hammer Films (ASIN: B001B9ZVVC) by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

    References

    1. ^ : "Did You Know?" at IMDbThe Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
    2. ^ Cavett Binion. "The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast".  

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