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The Mummy, a review by GSyren

TitleThe Mummy (085392-203420)
DirectorTerence Fisher
ActorsPeter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, Eddie Byrne, Felix Aylmer
Produced1959 in United Kingdom
Runtime88 minutes
AudioEnglish Dolby Digital Mono, French Dolby Digital Mono
SubtitlesEnglish, French
OverviewIn Hammer Studios' vivid 1959 Technicolor reincarnation of The Mummy, screen horror icon Christopher Lee wraps on the moldy gauze bandages and emerges as the tormented Kharis, an avenger stalking the hills and bogs of Victorian England to track down archaeologist John Banning (Peter Cushing) and other desecrators of his beloved Princess Ananka's Egyptian tomb.

"Lee looks tremendous, smashing his way through doorways and erupting from green, dreamlike quagmires in really awe-inspiring, fashion" (David Pirie, Time Out Film Guide). Awe-inspiring, too, was the box-office success of this third Hammer reinvigoration – after The Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula – of a classic screen monster.
My thoughtsAnytime you put on a Hammer movie with their two greats, Michael Ripper and George Woodbridge, you know you're in for a treat. And this one also got some fellows by the name of Cushing and Lee. ;)

I remember well the first time I saw this film in the cinema. That iconic poster (same art as the DVD cover) sure looked promising. I was a little bit disappointed that the mummy didn't actually walk around with a great gaping hole in his body, though. But apart from that, I loved it. Seeing it again this many years later, I'm a bit surprised how obvious it is that "Egypt" is really a studio set. I guess I'm not quite as easily fooled any more. Not that I think that I actually ever believed that they had gone to Egypt to film.

Just as in The Curse of Frankenstein, Christopher Lee doesn't get to speak as the monster. He does speak, however, in the flashback as Kharis before he gets mummified. Actually, you never see him getting mummified. He's just wrapped in gauze and made to stand in a hidden compartment in the tomb. I'm not sure how that kept him from decaying. Must be some kind of magic. Or - a curse?

It's said that Kharis is put there to guard the tomb. But in order to wake him one has to read from the scroll of life. That doesn't seem to be a very effective way of guarding. What if the people opening the tomb just took the scroll and didn't read it out loud...? Well, I guess you shouldn't look for too much logic in a film like this.

But all that means nothing. The film has all the Hammer style you've come to expect from the early Hammer horror films. And Cushing and Lee are great as always. Not to mention... (so I won't, again). A strong 4 out of 5.
My rating4 out of 5

(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on July 21st, 2013)

Member's Reviews

Lady Vengeance, a review by Antares

Lady Vengeance (2005) 92/100 - I have to admit that I almost turned this film off after the scene with the dog, but I decided to plod on, and I'm glad I did. For the first hour or so, I couldn't make heads or tails of this film, but by the time of the big payoff scene with the families, it all came together wonderfully. It's a very imaginative film which at times had me thinking of Amélie meets Lady Snowblood. Park uses a lot of creative images to keep his story moving forward, and although the exposition in the first hour can be a bit daunting, he ties in all the loose threads in one of the most disturbing scenes of parental agony and unbridled retribution I've ever seen in a film. This is only my second Chan-wook Park film, the first being the magnificent Oldboy. This is slightly better and it makes me want to seek out his other films. He has a distinct style and his screenwriting talents are creative and most definitely original. For me, this and Oldboy are the kind of films that Quentin Tarantino wishes he had the talent to make. Hard edged, quirky, violent, without being gratuitous. On the cover of the DVD, it mentions that Lady Vengeance is the best revenge film since Kill Bill...not too lofty of a goal in my mind, and to be honest, when I read that, it kind of made me hesitant to watch it.

What the color coding means...

Teal = Masterpiece
Dark Green = Classic or someday will be
Lime Green = A good, entertaining film
Orange = Average
Red = Cinemuck
Brown = The color of crap, which this film is

(From Antares' Short Summations on April 24th, 2013)

Member's TV Reviews

Pete's Pilots, a review by addicted2dvd

Gilligan's Island
A three-hour tour? No way! Not when you have all 36 Season-One episodes of 'Gilligan's Island' plus a cargo of DVD extras that include the originally unaired pilot.

The S.S. Minnow first sailed into living rooms on September 26, 1964, and from there steered into legend. Certainly much credit for the show's three-year run and amazing afterlife goes to the remarkable cast whose characters managed to endure life on the island while never losing their comic timing. Bravo to Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jim Backus, Natalie Schaefer, Tina Louise, Russel Johnson and Dawn Wells. It's a joy to be stranded with them time and again - here on Gilligan's Isle.

Two on a Raft
The shipwrecked castaways awaken to find themselves marooned on an uncharted island, so Gilligan and Skipper set out on a flimsy raft to find civilization.

My Thoughts:
A silly but fun show. That one short sentence pretty much describes it. Sure some of it is ridiculous. I have to admit... I enjoyed it more when I was a kid then I do now. But I still get in the mood to watch it sometimes. And Brittany really enjoyed it as well. I kinda like how the pilot episode introduces you to all the characters... with the news on the radio listing them and what they do where they talk about them being lost at sea. And the shark attack was pretty fun as well. The first season (of 3) is the only season that is in Black and White. I own the first two seasons... and I do plan on eventually getting season 3 if for no other reason to complete the series... but I would like to see the episodes again anyway... as I am sure would Britt.

My Rating:

(From Pete's Pilots on January 26th, 2010)