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The Mummy (1959)



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.

Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Horror
Director Terence Fisher
Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee
Supporting actors Yvonne Furneaux, Eddie Byrne, Felix Aylmer, Raymond Huntley, George Pastell, Michael Ripper, George Woodbridge, Harold Goodwin, Denis Shaw, Gerald Lawson, Willoughby Gray, John Stuart, David Browning, Frank Sieman, Stanley Meadows, Frank Singuineau, James Clarke, John Harrison
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAME on May 8, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
After Hammer Studio had such success with their versions of Dracula and Frankenstein, it was inevitable they would tackle another one of the classic monsters of Universal's horror pantheon. By granting Universal the American distribution rights, Hammer was allowed to create their own screen versions of the Mummy movies from the 1930s and '40s (never mind Universal ripped off an Arthur Conan Doyle short story "The ring of Thoth" in the first place). Hammer's 1959 (yes, that's the CORRECT date) film "The Mummy," directed by Terence Fisher, actually ends up being one of the studio's best horror films. Set in 1895, English archaeologists uncover the tomb of the Egyptian princess Ananka (Yvonne Furneaux). When Stephen Banning (Felix Aylmer) enters the tomb, ignoring the warnings of the Egyptian Mehemet (George Pastell), he is driven mad. Of course, he has encounter Kharis (Christopher Lee), the living mummy. Three years later, Stephen warns his son John (Peter Cushing) that the mummy is after them, but the warning is ignored. Mehemet arrives near the asylum and sends the mummy to slay the half-mad Stephen in his padded cell. Following his father's murder, John learns the legend of Kharis and Ananka, the high priest who loved the princess so much he tried to bring him back from death with the Scroll of Life and was entombed as a living mummy for his sacrilege. When Kharis strikes again, John learns the legends are true. But then Mehemet orders the mummy to kill John's wife Isobel, who is the living image of Kharis' beloved Ananka (because she is also played by Furneaux. At this point, the Mummy refuses to obey and we are well on our way to the requisite tragic ending.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
Okay... bullets don't stop him, bogs don't drown him, and running a spear through him simply causes a handful of desiccated kidney dust to pour out of the exit site and, if those blazing brown eyes are any indication, get madder than he was to begin with. How do you stop Kharis (Christopher Lee), the Mummy, who has traveled from Egypt to the peaceful countryside of England to wreak havoc (aka, kill) the three English archeologists who desecrated the tomb of his beloved, Princess Ananka. Traveling with is his keeper, Mehemet Bey (George Pastell), who conveniently carries along with him, in a mini-mummy casket, a scroll of life which, when read, brings them back from the dead.

Man, what a thankless role Lee was stuck with in this one. His mummy makeup is as stiff as a plaster cast, he doesn't even get to growl, and the only emotion he's allowed to express in this one - save for an extended flashback scene where's he's the high priest preparing the Princess for burial - is through the eyes. Of course, Kharis had a forbidden, meddlesome love for the Princess, which helped accelerate his outraged congregation turning him into Dust-for-Guts, so I guess he had it coming to him. That forbidden love was a good thing for archeologist John Banning (Peter Cushing) though, who had the great good sense to marry Princess Ananka look-alike Isobel (Yvonne Furneaux.) If guns, bogs, and spears won't stop the Mummy (why didn't anyone think about a bucket of creosote and a lit match!? Sigh.) a squealed "Stop!" from Isobel/Ananka seems fairly effective.

THE MUMMY is one of those fun Hammer House films I haven't watched for a generation or so and delight in rediscovering.
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By A Customer on February 9, 2002
Format: DVD
great film, big hammer fan, but the viewer from france has hit the nail on the head.
I looked forward to this dvd and sure enough all seemed to be well, reviews praising the quality of the transfer but there was something nagging me... my memory for films is pretty good and there was something wrong, the image was 'odd' felt somehow compressed in some form. also, colours weren't as vibrant as i remembered them. Now on alot of films i can think of i couldn't care less but this is a hammer, the visuals in a good hammer are one of the primary attractions, composition and colours. It worried me all the way through the movie until it got to the scene i remember most vividly, when cushing confronts the controller of the mummy. I remember the depth of these shots from this scene, i remember the amazing tone of the colours, so as soon as it finished i got out my old, cheap vhs copy and sure enough, the differences were not all in my mind.
i don't know the technical terms for this, but seems the guy from france has. great movie, i am a hammer devotee, but i can't help thinking one of the best aspects of their films will not come through if warner brothers continues this method of transfer. Hound of the baskervilles is out soon, a film visually similar to the mummy, i hope they do a better job.
hate having to write reviews like this, but someone noticed the poor quality image of the fall of the house of usher as well and as i keep saying, the colours, the tones, the photography are not getting the treatment they deserve
if you have the anchor bay edition of the abominable snowman check out the peter cushing extras, there are amazing images from the hound of the baskervilles, cinema quality, be interesting to compare to the forthcoming WB release.
Again, sorry if i have put you off this movie, it really is great fun but i can't help feeling a bit disappointed
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