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“He who robs the graves of Egypt dies!” Well, most of them anyway. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Jeff Mohr, and returning Joseph Perry – as they manage to avoid the nefarious consequences prophecied in Hammer’s The Mummy (1959).
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 91 – The Mummy (1959)
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In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences.IMDb
- Director: Terence Fisher
- Writer: Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
- Cinematography: Jack Asher (director of photography)
- Film Editing: Alfred Cox
- Production Design: Bernard Robinson
- Makeup Department: Roy Ashton (makeup artist)
- Music Department: John Hollingsworth, musical supervisor/conductor (uncredited)
- Peter Cushing as John Banning
- Christopher Lee as Kharis / The Mummy
- Yvonne Furneaux as Isobel Banning / Princess Ananka
- Eddie Byrne as Inspector Mulrooney
- Felix Aylmer as Stephen Banning
- Raymond Huntley as Joseph Whemple
- George Pastell as Mehemet Bey
- Michael Ripper as Poacher
- George Woodbridge as P. C. Blake
- Harold Goodwin as Pat
- Denis Shaw as Mike
Chad picked this Hammer gem and he loves the more active mummy as played by Christopher Lee and he appreciates the backstory provided as well. Whitney also approves and calls The Mummy a lot of fun. After all, how can you go wrong with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee? For Joseph, the Christopher Lee mummy is a more threatening monster than that presented in Universal’s The Mummy (1932) by Boris Karloff. Jeff agrees that Christopher Lee puts his own indelible stamp on the movie’s title character and loves the elaborate sets seen in Hammer films that include Bernard Robinson’s production designs.
At the time of this writing, you can catch The Mummy streaming on various VOD sites. Check it out! You’ll be glad you did!
You can check out the Classic Era’s episode on Universal’s original at The Mummy (1932) – Episode 11 – Decades Of Horror: The Classic Era
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. On their next episode, they will discuss Tales of Terror (1962), directed by Roger Corman, written by Richard Matheson, and starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Maggie Pierce, Leona Gage, Joyce Jameson, and Debra Paget. You’ll want to be there for that one.
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