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Pharaoh's Curse (1957)

Mark Dana , Ziva Rodann , Lee Sholem  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Dana, Ziva Rodann, Diane Brewster
  • Directors: Lee Sholem
  • Writers: Richard H. Landau
  • Producers: Howard W. Koch, Aubrey Schenck
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007HCI4SE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,891 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Archaeologists in Egypt discover one of their crew has been turned into a blood sucking mummy after they unintentionally unleash a three thousand year curse by entering Pharaoh's tomb.

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4.0 out of 5 stars She's Got Ziva Rodann Eyes May 1, 2012
MGM Limited has released another low budget gem from the fabulous fifties with Director Lee Sholem's 'PHAROAH'S CURSE'-1957, a different kind of Mummy movie made at the time when Mummies were few and far between in the Horror genre. The film is part of a series of programmers produced by Howard W. Koch and Aubrey Schenck and emerges as the best of them without utilizing venerable horror stars from the past. Here we have Mark Dana as part of an expedition to find a lost brother in Egypt's Valley of the Kings and gets involved with a mysterious Arab femme fatale played by the underrated Ziva Rodann and soul transference as the spirit of a royal priest possesses the body of one of the leaders of the expedition. The film predates Hammer Films 'BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB'-1971 directed by Seth Holt by a number of years and gives it an eerie edge on other low budget horrors of its time by giving our Mummy vampiric tendencies having him drain blood from the throats of some of the cast. With some nice chiarascuro photography by William Margulies, the film emerges as a prime example of good low budget filmmaking for its time. It also has an added plus by having the awesome beauty of Israeli actress Ziva Rodann here billed as Ziva Shapir in its cast. With roles few and far between in the late fifties and early sixties , she may be known by fans by appearing (and saving) Director Douglas Fowley's cult voodoo favorite 'MACUMBA LOVE'-1960 and Director Riccardo Freda's pepla 'THE GIANTS OF THESSALY'-1961, a film highlighting the voyage of Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece predating Ray Harryhausen's classic effects saga , Director Don Chaffey's 'JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS'-1963 ,by a few years. With her sultry mysterious presence and gorgeous hypnotic eyes, Ziva steals every scene. Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grade B Mummy Movie Is A Minor Gem. October 24, 2012
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Bel-Air (not the Chevy automobile or the menthol cigarette) was a 1950s low budget production company headed up by Aubrey Schenck and Howard W. Koch. They made over 25 films in a variety of genres including three horror films (THE BLACK SLEEP - 1956, PHARAOH'S CURSE - 1957, VOODOO ISLAND - also 1957). PHARAOH'S CURSE is the best of the three utilizing a no-name cast, atmospheric photography, a remarkably effective mummy, and a no-nonsense running time of only 66 minutes. This is one of those late night horror show movies that I remember fondly from my childhood.

A trophy wife (Diane Brewster) travels in the Egyptian desert in search of her adventurer husband (George Neise) so she can ask him for a divorce. The expedition is led by the stalwart Captain Storm (Mark Dana) who is ordered to bring the husband back before he can ransack a pharaoh's tomb. Along the way they encounter a mysterious exotic woman (Ziva Rodann / Shapir) who turns out to be more than she seems. Once at the tomb an expedition member is transformed into a centuries old blood drinking mummy (great make-up!) and things go from bad to worse.

What makes PHARAOH'S CURSE so effective is it's successful combination of elements. The script is remarkably intelligent for a potboiler, and the unknown actors turn in low-key, effective performances. The real star is the black & white photography which looks like something out of the 1930s. I'm sure the filmmakers studied Boris Karloff's THE MUMMY (1932) before making this one. The MGM LIMITED EDITION DVD-R, while containing no extras, offers a wonderfully crisp transfer that looks way better than the one I saw on TV. Old school, low budget filmmaking at its best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Desert Is My Strength!"... April 6, 2014
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In Egypt, a trio of British soldiers escorts a woman through the desert to find her archaeologist husband. Along the way, they are introduced to a strange, beautiful woman (Ziva Shapir) who seems impervious to heat, hunger, or thirst. A series of "accidents" occur, resulting in hardship and injury for the adventurers. Of course, the mystery woman is untouched. When they finally arrive at the archaeological excavation / tomb, they attempt to put a stop to the dig. The archaeologists disagree. Doom arrives. PHARAOH'S CURSE is a fantastic 50s mummy film, full of superstitious dread. A definite keeper... .
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow July 30, 2014
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I first seen this movie back in 1958 at the local drive-in movie and forgot about it since then.
I bought it thinking I was going to pass it onto someone as a gift but guess what---I kept it
because I like it even after all these years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A view of Death Valley National Park December 20, 2013
It is 1902 Egypt is in upheaval over the present government. An unauthorized dig is in progress. The wife of the digger is in the city. She must be kept from talking to the local rabble and the dig stopped before they find out some one was diddling with history.

Will they get there in time to prevent the "Pharaoh's Curse?" or will we have a fun watching a one-by-one blood sucking as the Pharaoh has his why?

It is intriguing to watch Ziva Rodann pussyfoot around.

Lots of fun standard mummy movie in black and white.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pharaoh's Curse July 13, 2014
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Another one of those 50's low-budget horror films shown on TV in the 70's on Saturday afternoons or evenings. Enjoyable little film about a British Army expedition, in the mid-to-late 1800's, going to a remote area to stop an archaeological group from profaning an ancient burial site. They arrive too late and things start hopping when an ancient curse kicks in. The quality of the MGM Limited Edition DVD release, though having no extras, is in super-excellent condition. Highly recommended for fans of the genre.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good old B movie liked it.
Published 2 months ago by rl411
1.0 out of 5 stars Aweful
There really wasn't much plot, lots of swearing and generally just meh. Would not recommend wasteing time on this one.
Published 5 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
I saw this on tv in the mid 60s and it was scary when the man that turned into the mummy came out of the secret passageway. Read more
Published 7 months ago by James George
4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Mummy in this 1957 Classic
Okay, let's start with this. If your idea of a mummy is the big-budget, special-effects extravaganzas of the last several years, you'll be sadly disappointed in this movie. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lion
1.0 out of 5 stars A Time Waster
Poor story line, poor acting, poor special effects and basically, poor all around. I felt frustrated that I wasted my time watching whereas I could have watched something more... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tukker88
3.0 out of 5 stars Mummy Movie
I personally enjoy watching Mummy movies. Although the story didn't make sense it was an old movie and I like watching them to see the difference in how they were done compared to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Onri
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Really fun movie for horror collectors. It is clean, and a bit scary. The acting is actually pretty darn good. The movie is not very long, but still enjoyable. Read more
Published 16 months ago by sweetpea
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous, yet generic. How does one pull that off, exactly?
Pharaoh's Curse (Lee Sholem, 1957)

Pharaoh's Curse, a barely-feature-length attempt at horror from the late fifties (two decades earlier and we'd be referring to it as a... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Pharaoh's Curse
The tail of A British Army officer with two enlisted personnal in Egypt are sent out to retrieve A group of scientist turning to locate A Pharaoh"s tomb. Read more
Published 19 months ago by john ward
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