I’ve been revisiting some Christopher Lee movies since he passed and finished Hammer’s The Mummy tonight. It is such a quaint film with very little to do, but I highly enjoyed it. Lee is great in it, of course.
Lee is barely seen under the wraps of the Mummy, but is mime style work is strong and there are some standout scenes, like the time he breaks into an asylum window and climbs down, that are really interesting.
One of the most intriguing things about the film is how Cushing’s character’s wit is really his strongest weapon. He does not defeat the mummy with superior firepower, but with figuring out his weakness and exploiting it. Sure, this is the damsel of the film, but what can you do?
It’s not the best of the Hammer horrors, but it is a fun ride. The best scene is probably the back-story of how Ananka and her lover, Kharis (Lee) were entombed in the first place.
I was also laughing my head off when Stephen Banning was told by his orderly not to bang on the door if he needed help. Then, when Lee attacks, he runs to the door and beats away. Great job, Professor!
I picked up The Mummy’s Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy by Roger Luckhurst a few months ago and need to pull it off my To Read pile. It looks like a nice investigation into the “true stories” behind all the mummy madness.
I’m on to The Curse of Frankenstein next. I watched these all years ago, but it is a good time to revisit them.