The Mummy (1959)

IT WAS INEVITABLE that Hammer Horror would continue in their success and following in Universal Horror’s footsteps.

It all started with The Curse of Frankenstein, and then Dracula, before turning their attention to The Mummy.

Once more, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee would reunite as was their winning formula.

Cushing playing the hero again as heroic archaeologist, John Banning, and Lee would don the make-up to take on the monster of the piece, The Mummy.

We would get to see Lee sans make up though as Kharis, the high priest of Karnak.

Lee would be able to shine further still for Hammer with The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Devil Rides Out.

Behind the camera, Hammer would also pull out the usual players with Terence Fisher as director, Jimmy Sangster would take on writing duties, and Michael Carreras would share the producer hat with Anthony Nelson Keys.

It would be a winning formula that resonated for many years to come, but Hammer would rely to heavily on this.

So much so that it would become stagnant.

And Hammer would find themselves lost in the times and over-shadowed by superior films like The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby.

For now though, they were in their element and below is the Hammer Horror Podcast teams thoughts and views on the film.


~ by surgeons of horror on April 9, 2017.

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