|THE MUMMY'S CURSE (director: Leslie Goodwins; screenwriters: Bernard Schubert/story by Leon Abrams & Dwight V. Babcock; cinematographer: Virgil Miller; editor: Fred R. Feitshans Jr.; music: Paul Sawtell; cast: Lon Chaney [Jr] (Kharis), Virginia Christine (Princess Ananka), Peter Coe ( Dr. Ilzor Zandaab), Dennis Moore (Dr James Halsey), Martin Kosleck (Ragheb), Kay Harding (Betty Walsh), Addison Richards (Pat Walsh), Ann Codee (Tante Berthe), Kurt Katch (Cajun Joe), Holmes Herbert (Dr Cooper), Napoleon Simpson (Goobie); Runtime: 60; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Oliver Drake; Universal; 1944)|
|"Predictable and slow moving chiller."
by Dennis Schwartz
A below average sequel to
The Mummy's Ghost (1944). It's the last of
Universal's four mummy films. It also was Lon
Chaney's third and last appearance in the mummy
films as Kharis, who terrorizes swamp dwellers,
the Cajuns living in the area and the
archaeologists in their search for the
reincarnation of Princess Ananka (Virginia
Christine). Director Leslie
Goodwins ("Dragnet"/"One Minute
to Zero"/"The Las Vegas Story") blandly directs this
predictable and slow moving chiller. It's based on the
story by Leon Abrams and Dwight V.
Babcock. The screenplay is by Bernard Schubert.
opens in a visually striking manner but weirdly, with
Princess Ananka surfacing from her quicksand coffin
while engineers drain the Louisiana swamp. Also
surfacing is her lover, Kharis. While the excavation
takes place, the archaeologist
Dr. James Halsey (Dennis Moore)
tries to uncover the whereabouts of the mummies.
Halsey is unaware his assistant, Dr.
Ilzor Zandaab (Peter Coe), is the priest from
the cult of Akran. After finding Kharis, Ilzor
revives him with tana leaves. Meanwhile Ananka wanders
around the swamps with no idea of who she is. Coming
for her is Kharis, who kills anyone who gets in his
REVIEWED ON 2/1/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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