Sunday, 20 November 2011

Half Bone, Half Bandage

Another cool and slightly forgotten Hammer film, 'The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb' is a smart little b movie that re-uses props and elements of the storylines of 'The Mummy', yet still ploughs its own slightly bonkers furrow, not least because it looks different to most Hammer's of the period, being filmed at Elstree rather than Bray, and has some unfamiliar actors alongside Michael Ripper (playing an Arab with a cockney accent).

Terence Morgan plays the purring villain Adam Beauchamp, and Leslie Howard's lookalike son Ronald plays the slightly ineffectual hero. French actress Jeanne Roland provides the mutual love interest, a heaving chest and lots of dialogue mangled by her rather thick accent. It's great. 

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