Blood Glacier. Now I can get back to watching other films again. Well, almost. After I finish this review then I can do that. Before I went to the festival, I watched The Mummy's Curse (1944), but never got around to finishing the review before I left. Since I had most of it done anyway, I decided to just move on and come back to it later. Now is the time. This is the last film in the set, so not sure what I will move on to after this. Once I get around to it, I have a movie on my DVR I need to get around to. But first, lets get this review out of the way.
Picking up some 25 years after the last film, an irrigation project has managed to clear enough swamp for Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr) to rise again. Waiting for him is yet another priest, Dr. Zandaab (Peter Coe) and his assistant Raghab (Martin Kosleck). They help restore Kharis using the tana leaves once again. Their mission, once again, is to return to Egypt with Kharis and Princess Ananka to return them to their resting places. Zandaab instructs Kharis to find Ananka and return with her, but unknown to all, Ananka (Virginia Christine) has also risen from the swamp. Even though she knows Kharis' name, she doesn't remember anything else. Will she be able to get away from Kharis this time?
I haven't read a lot of comments about The Mummy's Curse, but the few I did read seemed to like this one because it is different. Not sure how it was so different though after watching it. The story is pretty much the same as it was in the last film. The only real exception to that is Princess Ananka. For once she is herself, and not someone who is realizing that she is the reincarnation of Ananka. Her return was perhaps the best part of the film. Coming up out of the ground, caked in mud, along with Christine's jerky movements, it made for a really interesting turn for a character. Too bad it couldn't have been the same actress though. Director Leslie Goodwins gives Kharis a little bit more to do than just walking around all the time. Not a lot more, but still, it changed things up just a little. I was pretty disappointed with the story by the writers. There are seven writer credits for the film, and they couldn't come up with hardly anything different for it. It was the same story with just a little different things happening here and there. I was willing to let this go before, but not for this one.
The effects are once again just on the mummy. It still looks about the same, but I thought it was a little better this time around. The acting wasn't too bad this time around. I like Lon Chaney Jr, but I don't really get why he would have watched to play the mummy in three films. It isn't that great of a character and he doesn't really get to do much with it. I wasn't really all that impressed with Virginia Christine. I don't think it was her acting, more that it was just the way the character ended being written. Overall I didn't mind the acting. No one was bad, but no one caught my attention either.
Something I didn't care for was the character of Ananka this time around. She seems to not remember her past, yet she does. She is found just walking around after becoming free of the swamp, saying but one name: Kharis. When in sort of a trance, she asks for Kharis, but otherwise doesn't seem to remember anything and faints at the sight of him. This back and forth got old after a while. I don't recall that it was ever said in the story where the location is, but it does have a much more southern feel to it, which is strange since the last one ended up north. I don't know if another film had been planned, but if not then I wish they had changed the ending for this one a bit. Either way I'm glad the series is over. The recycled plot was getting thin, with it getting old at last here.If you have never watched this series, watching The Mummy's Curse would be rather pointless. You don't really have to watch the other films to figure out what is going on, but why watch the last one only or skip to it? Not that I would highly suggest doing so anyway.
2 out of 5 About time the mummy gets some rest
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