Entertainment Magazine

#2,094. The Mummy's Shroud (1967)

Posted on the 11 May 2016 by Dvdinfatuation
#2,094. The Mummy's Shroud  (1967)
Directed By: John Gilling
Starring: André Morell, John Phillips, David Buck
Tag line: "Beware the beat of the cloth-wrapped feet!"
Trivia: This was the last Hammer production to be shot at Bray Studios
The Mummy’s Shroud was the third entry in Hammer’s Mummy series, behind 1959’s The Mummy and ‘64s The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, and from the looks of it, the series had run out of steam.
Following a pre-title sequence set 2,000 years ago, in which we learn the history of the boy pharaoh Kah-To-Bey (Toolsie Persaud) and his faithful servant Prem (Dickie Owen), The Mummy’s Shroud transports us to 1920’s Egypt, where an expedition to find the burial chamber of Kah-To-Bey is currently underway. Led by the prestigious archaeologist Sir Basil Walden (Andre Morell), the expedition, which also includes Sir Basil’s assistants Paul (David Buck), Harry (Tim Barrett), and Claire de Sange (Maggie Kimberly), has been missing for a month, and wealthy aristocrat Stanley Preston (John Phillips), who financed the mission, has come to Egypt to help look for them.
But Sir Basil and his team aren’t lost; they’re simply closing in on their ultimate destination, and as luck would have it, Preston meets up with the group just as they find Kah-To-Bey’s final resting place. Despite the warnings of Hasmid (Roger Delgado), the tomb’s guardian, who tells them a curse awaits those who desecrate the boy Pharaoh’s body, the group transports Kah-To-Bey’s remains back to Cairo. But along with the fame that their discovery brings them, Preston, Sir Basil and the others find themselves being hunted by an ancient mommy (Eddie Powell), the protector of Kah-To-Bey, who will not rest until all of them are dead.
Like most Hammer films, The Mummy’s Shroud features some excellent music (the score, composed by Don Banks, is amazing) and top-notch performances. John Phillips is simultaneously slimy and arrogant as “money man” Stanley Preston, who tries to convince the world he himself was responsible for locating Kah-To-Bey’s tomb (Preston even arranges to have Sir Basil, who was suffering from a nasty snake bite, shipped off to an asylum to get him out of the way). Also quite good are Richard Warner as Inspector Barrani of the Egyptian police force (who’s investigating the mysterious murders committed by the mummy); and the always-reliable Michael Ripper, who plays Longbarrow, Preston’s sheepish personal assistant. And while the pre-title sequence (where we’re whisked away to ancient Egypt) wouldn’t rank as one of Hammer’s best flashbacks, it was good enough to start the movie off on the right foot.
Unfortunately, The Mummy’s Shroud doesn’t have much else going for it. Missing are the impressive set pieces that graced most of Hammer’s earlier films (including the original Mummy), and the make-up effects on the mommy itself are especially weak (his face looks like its covered in Papier-mâché, and instead of being wrapped in bandages, this mommy wears what looks like tan pajamas). 
Worst of all, though, is the fact that the first half of The Mummy’s Shroud is dialogue-heavy, and moves along at a snail’s pace. things do liven up a bit in the second half, and the finale, complete with some impressive special effects, is pretty damn exciting. Alas, it’s too little too late (the creature itself doesn’t even appear until we’ve past the halfway point). Slow and plodding The Mummy’s Shroud ranks as one of the dullest Hammer films I’ve seen in a while.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Studying at the University of Melbourne: How To Be Prepared

    Why choose UniMelb? One of the top reasons why prospective students apply to the University of Melbourne is because of its ranking. Just this year, it... Read more

    10 hours, 48 minutes ago by   Prachipreaches
    BUSINESS, SOCIAL MEDIA, TECH
  • The Bronzer Declutter

    Bronzer Declutter

    A few months ago, after my latest round of decluttering, I put all my make-up (excluding lip products) into a big box. Having it all there together is great... Read more

    11 hours, 28 minutes ago by   Glossqueen
    HAIR & BEAUTY, SELF EXPRESSION
  • White Coral Styled Shoot in Santorini

    White Coral Styled Shoot Santorini

    Today, we’re sharing with you one styled shoot straight out of heaven! The photoshoot took place in beautiful island of Santorini and specifically in a private... Read more

    11 hours, 59 minutes ago by   Eleni Balkouli
    LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL, WEDDING
  • Bilbliophilic Elitism

    You know, the worst of claiming to be a reader is that people assume you are well-read. The problem is the books that they expect you to have read. Read more

    13 hours, 24 minutes ago by   C. Suresh
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Laura Bush on Family Separation at the Border “It is Immoral”

    Laura Bush Family Separation Border Immoral”

    FirstLadyB | B Inspired By Entertainment News Laura Bush has penned a lette... Read more

    13 hours, 56 minutes ago by   Firstladyb
    SPIRITUALITY
  • How To Travel With A Carry On Only

    Travel With Carry Only

    I was not a carry-on person for a longest time. It never even crossed my mind that it was an option. Not until I moved to the U.S. and the airlines started... Read more

    15 hours, 58 minutes ago by   Tanvi Rastogi
    FASHION
  • Bucket List

    Bucket List

    On the whole I'm quite a fan of lists. Making a list helps me organise and prioritise what I need to do (as long as I stick to it once I've drawn it up). Read more

    17 hours, 51 minutes ago by   Ashleylister
    BOOKS, CREATIVITY, CULTURE, SELF EXPRESSION

Magazines