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Saturday, 10 October 2015

The Mummy (1959)

Archaeologists (i.e. sophisticated thieves) forcibly enter the well-lit tomb of an Egyptian high priestess and in so doing invite the wrath of a centuries old curse upon their heads. Their transgression was in the name of education not profit but the distinction is unobserved by certain parties, one of which is a bandaged Christopher Lee who has every right to be pissed off.
Hammer had successfully set Lee against Cushing in Dracula (1958) and The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), so it made sense to have the pair return for a third year running with classic horror's third big hitter.
Attending to the relationships, familial on one side and romantic on the other, helped make it more than a simple tale of dusty revenge.

3 grave dangers out of 5

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