The Mummy's Hand

The Mummy's Hand

I haven't seen the original "Mummy" but they were playing the sequels on TCM so I taped them. "The Mummy's Hand" was the first sequel which unlike "Dracula" and Frankenstein" which got immediate sequels, this one came out 8 years later. Right off the bat I was struck by the light comedic tone of this entry, later morphing more into an adventure saga than a horror movie. Personally I find the majority of 40's horror I've come across to be a sleeping pill so this lively approach totally worked for me.

In the intro Ben Mankiewicz mentioned how at this horror had been relegated to a strictly b picture status and as such the budgets were slower. Watching the movie I never got the feeling of cheapness. After watching Christopher Lee with gauze wrapped around his face in Hammer's version this version is actually pretty damn effective. This "Mummy" has some creepy ass eyes and the makeup holds up today. Finale set is really majestic I wonder if it was exclusive to this picture.

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