Monday, May 31, 2010

That's A Wrap: The Mummy(1959)

One of my great failings over the years as a fan of horror movies has been a lack of appreciation for films that feature mummies. Admittedly it has taken me a lot longer to warm up to them as opposed to werewolves, Dr. Frankenstein's various laboratory monstrosities, the "Gill Man" and other cinema terrors, both human and inhuman.

My favorite "mummy" film to date is The Mummy(1959), a Hammer Films production starring Christopher Lee in the title role. Lee has no speaking part and wanders about while carrying out a methodical, murderous rampage against the unfortunate victims of this movie. Despite no spoken word Christopher Lee is marvelous as the menacing mummy and is terrific at conveying the mummy's intentions through body language and posture.

The film's trailer: