The Mummy (1959)

 (957)6.81 h 27 min1959PG
Three English archaeologists find the tomb of an Egyptian high priestess buried nearly four thousand years before. They discover a guard who had been buried alive with her.
Directors
Terence Fisher
Starring
Peter CushingChristopher LeeYvonne Furneaux
Genres
DramaHorrorAdventure
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Pulpman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Hammer Mummys!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 21, 2017
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3.0 out of 5 stars Spoilers follow ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Mummy' has proved nigh on irresistible to fright-fans for 60 years and counting!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Mummy' has proved nigh on irresistible to fright-fans for 60 years and counting!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2020
'Exhumed from his deathless tomb, the killer cadaver, Kharis awakens in order to exact a most diabolical doom upon those infidels who did so foully desecrate the inviolate burial chamber of his most beloved princess! 'The Mummy' (1959) is arguably one of the greatly admired film studio, Hammer Films very finest examples of their nerve-splitting, resolve-wrecking, irresistibly lurid horror art, and the delectably erudite duo of Peter Cushing & Christopher Lee are, as always, on thrillingly refined, fear-mongering form! And certainly no red-blooded male, or, quite frankly, no less enamored female wouldn't wither before the pulse-poundingly pulchritudinous charms of the ravishingly beautiful, Yvonne Furneaux! Iconic Director, Terence Fisher tastefully creates one of his most marvellously macabre, deliciously rich and visually luscious, chill-distilling confections that has proved nigh on irresistible to film fans for 60 years and counting!!! And long may the majestically macabre, tomb-trashing terror continue to thrill the 'Hammer Film' adoring public!
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L.W
4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer deliver a really fun mummy movie
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 1, 2016
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer deliver a really fun mummy movie
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 1, 2016
The film has been given some serious restoration work and the results are impressive. Every frame looks nicely restored yet still look authentic and not too shiny or digital. The film was made in the 1950s and on a budget so don't expect to compare it with modern Blu Ray releases.

What this film has going for it is great acting and characters, a script which takes the subject matter with as much humour and fun and is deserves, as a well thought out colour palate of muted, browns, soft blues, greys for the pub and when in Egypt Sandy colours, gold and white. When it does appear though strong colours really stand out such as the red cap and green cape the villain wears. Skin tones look natural and not too red. The film slowly leads up to a satisfying climax and left me very happy with the final product. Don't expect lots of blood and gore though.

I'd give this film 4/5. My main critique of the film would be that pretty much all the 'outdoor' scenes are quite clearly sound stages which does give the production a somewhat cheap feel. Also the manner of the mummy attacks and preceding dialogue feels repetitive, sort of going through the motions. Also how does the mummy still have eyelashes? The cover is also misleading as that never happens in the film.

Picture is Full Screen, sound is DTS-HD Master Audio Mono.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer's The Mummy - Blu Ray
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 28, 2015
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