THE MUMMY'S SHROUD
Blu Ray/DVD Release 2012
90 minutes approx
Basil Walden -
Stanley Preston -
Paul Preston -
Barbara Preston -
Directed by -
Written by -
Sir Basil Walden and his team go missing on a high profile expedition to find the tomb of a lost Pharaoh. They are saved by a team led by their financier Stanley Preston, but the tomb comes with a curse and soon people are dying at the dusty hands of a mummy.
Egyptian mummys don't make for the best horror movies and this fact is proven by Hammer's lacklustre supposed horror film THE MUMMY'S SHROUD. There's a tomb, there's a curse and people start dying. Who will live? Who will die? Do we care? The answer to the last is pretty much 'no not really'. Most of the characters aren't all that memorable or likeable and the motivation behind the Mummy's attacks (as laid out in a long a rather pointless opening chapter) is dull.
There's nothing here that we haven't seen before and that hasn't been done better before. Even Roger Delgado turning up in a role that requires him to do nothing other than rant impressively isn't worth the price of entry.
In fact, the whole premise is fairly easy to believe it, not least because it's all played fairly low key. Apart from a satanic orgy at which a deeply unimpressive man in a goat's mask makes an appearance as the Devil himself, everything plays out on a small scale. The biggest thrills come from four people in a bare room with a chalk mark all that separates them from the terrors of the night, but it's thrilling all the same.
Worst of all, it's just not scary. I mean it gets a PG rating for heaven's sake.
This Studiocanal restoration is pretty good and there are a couple of documentaries about the film as well as a stills gallery.
Hammer was a studio capable of some major misfires and THE MUMMY'S SHROUD is one such failure.
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