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Mum's the Word (1959)
Surprising well made production for Hammer-Seven Arts. Competently Directed by Terence Fisher with a Jimmy Sangster screenplay, remake of the 1931 Classic, with enough changes to be a considered on its' own merits. The Mummy(Christopher Lee) steals the show even under all of the wrappings with a Terrific performance, along with his pal and co-star Peter Cushing as Archaeologist John Banning. The ill-fated or doomed Egyption Expedition uncovers the tomb of Princess Ananka with dire consequences. Apparently there are people like Mehemet Bey(George Pastell) who are the protectors of the tombs and they have the Mummy on their side. Highly recommended for the good story telling, excellent screen chemistry and terrific performance of Lee. 4.5 stars out of 5. Color.
You really can't beat Peter Cushing in anything but this is one of his best. Christopher Lee also excels as the mummy and as the high priest. I love these old horror films and watch them whenever they're on, particularly when they're shown this close to Halloween. This one filmed in color makes it that much more fun! You can have your CGI and all the tricks they use these days. I'll take these good old goose-bump inducing horror flicks of yesteryear anytime!
Best of the Hammer Mummy movies
- Dan Grissom
This movie is the best of the mummy movies that Hammer Studios produced and it's the first. You get Peter Cushing as the hero and Christopher Lee in the title role. You also get a great performance from George Pastel as the Egyptian Priest. Four stars.
Hammer strikes again!
- Paul Salapatas
The Mummy is another take on the classic Karlov vehicle.I've been a fan of Universal horror films as a child but I've also grown fond of Hammer films and this one is no exception! Even though it doesn't quite stack up to the original,this flick still packs an entertaining punch! Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are welcome faces in this fine adaptation of an old story about an all powerful curse that's unleashed in the mysterious lands of Egypt causing death to those who were involved in the desecration of a tomb.Unbelievers beware!
- Andrew MacEwen
This was the first Hammer Gothic to be a direct remake of the Universal original. While not quite on the same level as director Terence Fisher's great films of the period, it is streets ahead of the CGI garbage foisted on the public in those god-awful Brendan Fraser films. Dramatically hypnotic and visually surreal in its use of color, this film gets five stars instead of four because the overall rating is unacceptably low. Enjoy.
Cushing and Lee are outstanding.Lee's mummy is actually sympathetic.Mehmut was creepy,but all-in-all a grat remake.Calls to mind some of the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies.Loved the two drivers,very comical
Not quite Boris level, but not bad
- Oliver Cutshaw
Good solid Hammer horror film. Peter Cushing is excellent and the film has a number of atmospheric touches. It is not on the level of the Boris Karloff classic of the 1930's but it covers much of the same story line. Well worth viewing for any fan of Hammer, Horror, or Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.