Review: ‘The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb’

It needs a crystal ball to sort out the reasons for some of the contrived goings on in this modest and rather slapdash horror pic. But it doesn't need a soothsayer to guess, early, the identity of the heavy.

It needs a crystal ball to sort out the reasons for some of the contrived goings on in this modest and rather slapdash horror pic. But it doesn’t need a soothsayer to guess, early, the identity of the heavy.

Plot hinges around the discovery of an ancient tomb in the Egyptian desert, with a curse on anybody who opens it. Leader of the expedition intends giving the archaeological discoveries to the Egyptian government for its National Museum. But the expedition’s smooth backer, a slick talking American showman, sees it as a coast-to-coast peepshow.

Murder and mayhem begins its gory trail and the motivation comes from a plausible stranger (Terence Morgan) who turns out to be a murderous descendant of the ancient Egyptian dynasty.

Morgan performs smoothly enough as the villain but is too patently up to no good from the start. Ronald Howard, Jack Gwillim and George Pastell are among those who provide sound support but the liveliest performance comes from Fred Clark.

The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb

UK

Production

Hammer. Director Michael Carreras; Producer Michael Carreras; Screenplay Henry Younger; Camera Otto Heller; Editor Eric Boyd Perkins; Music Carlo Martelli;; Art Director Bernard Robinson

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1964. Running time: 80 MIN.

With

Terence Morgan Fred Clark Ronald Howard Jeanne Roland George Pastell John Paul

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