A true gem of mummy/horror movies (by ja_kitty_71)
As I said it before, I do love a good scare from a horror film or just watch retro horror films. Also I do have a flare for the ancient Egyptians. And one more thing: I never knew that Christopher Lee was a horror film actor back then.The film is about a man name Stephen Banning, who with his father and uncle were on archaeological expedition, and had excavated the lost tomb of the long-dead, Egyptian princess Anaka. But once the princess is in the museum, a killer mummy is out to kill the Banning men including Stephen!I found Mr. Lee's Mummy is so very sympathetic, especially during the <more>
flashback when you see him alive. The way he says those lines, with such deep feeling in them, and the pain in his eyes every time he looks at the dead princess are truly moving...well GAH! he had a crush on the princess. And, of course, when he sees Isabel Banning who looks like the Princess Anaka - DUH! same actress. Well anyway, his eyes immediately soften to Isabel and he gets that longing look back in them. He's brilliant, absolutely brilliant; as is this film, a true gem of horror movies.I do love this movie, with one notable exception: the misuse of the name 'Karnak'. Karnak is a location in Egypt, the modern name of the ancient Nesut-Towi, or variably, Ipet-Iset. It is one of the most impressive temple complexes in Egypt. Karnak is not, and never has been, the name of a god of Egypt. There are plenty of Egyptian gods to choose from; why not actually pick one of them instead of incorrectly using the name of a place? And what was the animal use for the god satute? a rat or a badger? or something? So overall, this mummy movie is very good. And it has remained extremely watch-able and entertaining, even now.
The mummy goes Technicolor. (by ozthegreatat42330)
In the fine tradition of other horror remakes, Hammer studios decided to make the Mummy also based on the Universal Studios series of horror films but in color. The script was quite close to the original and starred what was rapidly becoming the greatest team of horror actors Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. They had already been together in Dracula and Frankenstein movies as well as a remake of Conan Doyles "Hound of the Baskervilles" This is a stylish telling of the mummy story, with outstanding performances by the entire cast but especially Lee as Kharis. He manages to almost <more>
make the mummy a character that you sympathize with. Cushing is as always excellent as John Banning, a role which actually should have gone to a younger actor, but he made it all his. for real fun watch the 1932 film, then this one and the 1999 version in one sitting.
This Mummy film is very good! Perter Cushing and Christopher Lee are excellent in the film! Also Eddie Byrne was good. All of the other actors were fine. I like the great color and music in this mummy film as well! Christopher Lee is awesome in the picture! His walking is very neat! I think he did a great job! I thought the designs of his character past and present looked great and fixed up nicely too! In his mummy form his eyes look scary! This is one of the best mummy films to watch in My opinion! If you like the cast members above, mummy movies, and horror then I strongly recommended <more>
this!Movie Nuttball's NOTE:If you love mummy films I recommend the following: The Mummy 1932 , The Monster Squad 1987 The Mummy Lives 1993 , Tale of the Mummy 1998 , The MuMmy 1999 The MuMmy Returns 2001 , The Scorpion King 2002 , and The MuMmy: The Animated Series 2001 !
The Mummy is the Rodney Dangerfield of classic monsters -- he gets no respect. But Hammer's sumptuous, beautifully filmed and acted treatment is as good as your going to find. It is also the most detailed mummy film around, with the recreation of its Egyptian tomb gorgeous and authentic. Christopher Lee is little short of brilliant in the thankless title role, actually managing to giving a compelling and at times touching performance through only his eyes and body language. Peter Cushing is superb as always and was it a deliberate decision to make his character's lameness a wry twist <more>
on the fact that Kharis the mummy was always lame in the old Universal movies? , as is Hammer semi-regular George Pastell in the stereotypical mummy-controller-in-the-fez part. The supporting cast is also classier than usual for Hammer: Sir Felix Aylmer as Cushing's father is wonderful, aging amazingly convincingly and establishing himself as one of the great gibberers of the cinema; while Raymond Huntley is solid as Cushing's sensible uncle and as London's first stage Dracula, one wonders what conversations he must have had on the set with Lee . Hammer regular Michael Ripper also has one of his best parts as a sodden eyewitness to the mummy's activities. Director Terrence Fisher another Rodney Dangerfield contributes many memorable touches, though probably none so effective as the agonizing sloooooooowwwwness with which the stone door of the secret chamber concealing the cursed Kharis closes, which emphasizes the horrific agony of living burial. Everything in this film works, and some elements, such as the photography and the excellent music score, exceed even Hammer's usually high standards. "The Mummy" might be the British studio's best film. It is certainly one of their best.
Forget that new CGI piece of trash and its lame sequels ! This is the best rendition of the classic tale. Peter Cushing is amazing as usual as the protagonist, delivering a very sympathetic portrayal of a character who is swept up in events beyond his control. The budget is clearly low here, but the special effects deliver, making Hammer's version much more exciting than the 1932 original. Christopher Lee, as the mummy, busts through doors and windows, is torn apart by shotguns, but still persists, strangling the men who disturbed his rest. Make sure to go out and rent this if you are <more>
a fan of classic creature horror. Also, check out Hammer's excellent versions of Frankenstein and Draclua titled The Curse of Franklenstein and The Horror of Dracula .Score: 9/10
One of the best Hammer classics ever made. The best of the "Mummys" (by skinner-c)
This was the best of all the "Mummy" movies ever made. It was crafted with the finesse so lacking today. Regrettably, it the sort of film most likely to be dismissed, because it wasn't made in the 1930's or recent times. Lee's Kharis was incredible, and very scary, esp. with his first appearance.Great movie. All the characters were very well cast and directed. This had the same quality as the previous two Hammer remakes, on Frankenstein, and Dracula.Unfortunately, what would follow in the years to come would not have the same quality.
influential and fun cheapie from my buddies at Hammer (by dr_foreman)
The Mummy capped off an impressive initial run of horror movies from Hammer Studios. Believe it or not, it was mostly downhill from here; the company's subsequent efforts tended to be tackier and cheesier. But the "big three" Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula, The Mummy are all solid horror flicks with, oddly enough, some of the most crisp and colorful photography I've ever seen.There are some weaknesses here, though. The Egypt flashback waffles on for quite a while, and then we get ANOTHER flashback when Banning Sr. resurrects the mummy. However, the beginning and <more>
ending are well-paced and exciting, so most sins are forgiven. Lee's Mummy is spectacular; he's goddamn huge, and it's very impressive to watch him crashing through doors and French windows, absorbing shotgun blasts as if they were pinpricks I hear Lee actually got injured several times making this movie; I can't say I'm surprised! My favorite scene is the ideological debate between the Egyptian badguy a very cool performance by George Pastell and Peter Cushing's snooty archaeologist character. Their heated exchange adds a bit of texture to the story and even makes me sympathetic to the villain's POV. However, subtext goes out the window again for the violent final confrontation.On a side note, the exceedingly brilliant BBC show Doctor Who practically remade this movie twice. The episode "Tomb of the Cybermen" features Pastell as a guest star in a story involving an ill-fated archaeological dig, and "Pyramids of Mars" once again pits a hapless poacher against killer mummies. Just thought I'd mention it.
After their first successes with takes on famous stories, hammer's finest trio teamed up again to make this delightful take on the legend of an Egyptian mummy, imaginatively titled 'The Mummy'. Peter Cushing is an actor that needs no introduction as he has carried many a Hammer horror production and forever engraved himself in the minds of horror fans across the globe. His performance in this film isn't his finest ever or even his finest under Terence Fisher , but it's more than solid and, to be honest, Peter Cushing is one of the few actors that could just spend the <more>
running time doing nothing and still have this horror fan riveted, such is the power of his screen presence. Christopher Lee has proved himself as the successor to both Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi on a number of occasions with his portrayals of the classic monsters, and although he's never surpassed the great masters; this is another of those occasions. Of course, the one and only Terence Fisher direct the film. Fisher is an under-appreciated director in the horror genre as, although he hasn't done much outside of Hammer, the films he made for Hammer are what have gone on to be some of their most respected classics. This is another one.The film looks great, and despite the fact that it's low budget and was shot well over forty years ago, the colours and locations still bode well, and give the film a fresh feel. The Hammer style camp feeling is very much on display in The Mummy, and for the Hammer fan; that can only be a good thing. The Egypt setting marks a nice departure for the team, as up until this point, audiences had only seen them together in more urban settings. To be honest, aside from Boris Karloff's performance, I didn't much like the Universal classic. I don't hesitate, therefore, to label this film superior in every respect other than the lead. This version of the story is handled in a way that is much easier to like than Karl Freud's version. The story itself is a more than interesting one, and ties in the intrigue of the Egyptian civilisation, with themes of modern society breaking their sacred code to have a museum full of relics, which is really quite thought-provoking.
Hammer Film Productions rework some of the classic Universal Studios mummy material to great effect. Directed by Terence Fisher, this is not a remake of the seminal 1932 movie of the same name. Starring Peter Cushing John Banning , Christopher Lee Kharis/The Mummy , Raymond Huntley Joseph Whemple and Yvonne Furneaux Isobel Banning/Princess Ananka , the film is written by Jimmy Sangster and was filmed at Bray & Shepperton Studios in England and is photographed in Eastman Color. I mention the latter because Eastman Color has a different hue to it, something that makes this movie all <more>
the more affecting as a horror piece.The plot sees three archaeologists Stephen & John Banning & Joseph Whemple desecrate the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka. This awakens Kharis, Ananka's blasphemous lover who was buried alive for his unlawful deeds. Taken from the tomb to London by Egyptian priest Mehemet Bey George Pastell , the three archaeologists find they are being hunted down by the vengeful Kharis. The only salvation may come in the form of Isobel Banning who bears a striking resemblance to Princess Ananka.This Mummy is adroitly directed by Fisher, his choreography for the action scenes is stunning. Lee's incarnation as the mouldy bandaged one is swifter than most, thus Fisher has him stalking around Victorian England one minute, then the next he's crashing thru doors or windows with brute strength - with murder his its only goal. It's a top performance from Lee as he really throws himself into the role, with his dead eyes ominously peering out from gauze swathed sockets sending those little shivers running down the spine. Technically the film belies the budget restrictions that was a staple of Hammer productions. The sets are very impressive with the Egyptian tomb set original and authentic looking, and the swamp based set-up nicely constructed. The latter of which provides two genuine horror classic moments, as first we see the Mummy for the first time as he rises from a foul bubbling bog, and then for the dramatic swampy finale. It's also atmospherically filmed by Fisher, with Jack Asher's photography utilising the Eastman Color to give off a weird elegiac beauty.This is not about gore, Fisher and the makers wanted to thrive on atmospherics and implication, something they achieve with great rewards. The Mummy would prove to be very successful in Britain and abroad, thus ensuring Hammer would dig up more Mummy's for further screen outings, none of which came close to capturing the look and feel of this first makeover. Crisply put together and with another in the line of great Christopher Lee monster characterisations, this Mummy is essential viewing for the creature feature horror fan. 8/10