The Mummy (1959)

Mummy, The (1959, GBR) C-88m. ** D: Terence Fisher. Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, Eddie Byrne, Felix Aylmer. Diligently produced Hammer horror, where the studio tackled their third major film monster, after HORROR OF DRACULA and CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Cushing is part of excavations in Egypt, becomes involved in curse that follows them to England. Beware the Mummy! Beautiful lighting and camerawork offset pedestrian plot partly. Lee, as the Mummy, has the best scenes. Written by Jimmy Sangster. Followed by two sequels, starting with THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1964).


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