Sunday, October 9, 2011
October 6th: The Curse of The Mummy's Tomb (1964)
After three months of hard work, archaeologists Professor Eugene DuBois (Bernard Rebel), John Bray (Ronald Howard), Sir Giles Dalrymple (Jack Gwillin) and Annette DuBois (Jeanne Roland), the professor's daughter, have uncovered the tomb of Ra-Antef (Michael McStay), the Royal Prince of Egypt. According to Egyptian legend, Ra-Antef was exiled by his father, Rameses VIII, due to the treachery of his jealous younger brother Be. Becoming the king of a nomadic tribe in Libya, Ra-Antef planned to return to his homeland to avenge himself, but Be, learning of his plans, has Ra-Antef killed.
While The Mummy and his horror brethren of Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula and The Wolf Man are best remembered for their appearances in the Universal films of the '30s and '40s, their appearances in the Hammer films of the '50s, '60s and '70s are every bit as beloved by the horror community. With bigger budgets, technicolor and fewer restrictions on censorship, Hammer produced gloriously Gothic films with rich color, sexy dames in short-cut dresses and gruesome gore effects, resulting in such iconic films as Horror of Dracula, The Mummy and Frankenstein Created Woman, many of which starred screen icons Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and were directed by Terence Fisher, the godfather of Gothic horror.
Next Up: October 7th: Night of The Demons 2 (1994)