HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe
Victoria the Great
Dave Made a Maze
Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel
Prayer Before Dawn, A
Ragewar
Lowlife
Fashionista
Elizabeth Harvest
Moulin Rouge!
Free Solo
Mifune: The Last Samurai
Stan and Ollie
Girl in the Spider's Web, The
Up from the Depths
Guardians of the Tomb
November Man, The
Overlord
Sebastiane
Lifechanger
Circle of Two
Hell Fest
Oklahoma!
Nutcracker and the Four Realms, The
Vigilante Force
Haunting of Sharon Tate, The
Paradox
Peppermint
Sharkwater Extinction
Isn't It Romantic
   
 
Newest Articles
Killer Apps: The Rise of the Evil 60s Supercomputers
How 1970s Can You Get? Cliff Richard in Take Me High vs Never Too Young to Rock
A Perfect Engine, An Eating Machine: The Jaws Series
Phwoar, Missus! Sexytime for Hollywood
He-Maniacs: Ridiculous 80s Action
All's Welles That Ends Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 1 on DVD
Shut It! The Sweeney Double Bill: Two Blu-rays from Network
Network Sitcom Movie Double Bill: Till Death Us Do Part and Man About the House on Blu-ray
No, THIS Must Be the Place: True Stories on Blu-ray
Alf Garnett's Life After Death: Till Death... and The Thoughts of Chairman Alf on DVD
Balance of Power: Harold Pinter at the BBC on DVD
Strange Days 2: The Second Science Fiction Weirdness Wave
Strange Days: When Science Fiction Went Weird
Ha Ha Haaargh: Interview With Camp Death III in 2D! Director Matt Frame
Phone Freak: When a Stranger Calls on Blu-ray
   
 
  Mummy's Shroud, The Beware The Beat Of The Cloth Wrapped FeetBuy this film here.
Year: 1967
Director: John Gilling
Stars: André Morell, John Phillips, David Buck, Elizabeth Sellars, Maggie Kimberly, Michael Ripper, Tim Barrett, Richard Warner, Roger Delgado, Catherine Lacey, Dickie Owen, Bruno Barnabe, Toni Gilpin, Toolsie Persaud, Eddie Powell
Genre: Horror
Rating:  5 (from 2 votes)
Review: Around the year 2000 B.C. there was a power struggle in the kingdom of Ancient Egypt between two brothers. One was Pharoah, and his pride and joy in life was his young son who he doted over and assigned a powerful guard, Prem, to see to the boy's safety, but one day that was no longer possible as his evil brother stormed the royal chambers with his troops and murdered the lot of them. Well, almost the lot, as Prem was able to save the Prince and they ventured out into the desert with their slaves, never to return...

Or at least the Prince was never to return, for Prem was pretty active around four thousand years later as you'll find out if you watch The Mummy's Shroud. This was part of Hammer's small cycle of Tutankhamen inspired Mummy movies which they seemed to be taking part in simply because they had obtained the rights to the character from Universal, and not because they had anything fresh and exciting to do with him. Their initial instalment in the franchise was the not bad at all The Mummy, for some the definitive entry even above the Boris Karloff-starring original, so you could observe Hammer got it right first time with this premise.

Not that it stopped them from producing more when there were profits to be had, so Curse of the Mummy's Tomb was next in line, followed by this, by which time the conventions were set in stone as if this was a Friday the 13th movie: revive the menace, set him to executing the cast, then overcome him for the grand finale. Yet actually Hammer's next movie in the series Blood from the Mummy's Tomb didn't feature that template at all, and without a Mummy it flopped, indicating the public were keen to see characters bumped off by the cloth-wrapped monster if we really had to have yet another of these. This left Shroud as the equivalent of one of those Universal sequels of the nineteen-forties.

In that it was all very professional, but not many viewers would get tremendously excited about it, rather regarded it as a timewaster if there was nothing better on. It was true the air of a script being reused instead of one written from scratch was the tone of this, but that's not to say there were no compensations, as for gore fans this was the bloodiest of the series as director John Gilling, in his last Hammer effort, thought what the hell and went to town on the real reason audiences were going to see this: to watch people die. The selling point here was ostensibly that the Mummy was the most authentic in design ever, but after Prem is revived we can tell the real appeal being targeted was the bloodlust.

Given most of them will end up dead before the credits roll, you did wonder if there was any point in investing anything in the cast, and almost to acknowledge this they were either stuffy or outright objectionable, as the financer of the expedition to uncover the Prince's tomb is wealthy Stanley Preston (John Phillips - not the one from The Mamas and the Papas) and he's a frightful boor, riding roughshod over everyone's feelings as all the while his wife Barbara (Elizabeth Sellars) patiently comments on his behaviour, as if waiting for the moment the Mummy gets his bandaged hands around her husband's neck. Indeed, the whole mood of the piece looked to be backing the Egyptians all the way, willing the incarnation of their past to exterminate these newcomers and opportunists. The acting was a mixed bag, with Michael Ripper doing wonders with his put upon assistant role, future Doctor Who villain Roger Delgado spitting out his spells with aplomb, but David Buck and Maggie Kimberly as the supposed good guys dull and undistinguished. Watch it for the deaths, really. Music by Don Banks.

[Studio Canal's Blu-ray looks bright, with André Morell's hair positively blue, and with a new making of, a tribute to Buck, trailers and a stills gallery as extras.]
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1207 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
Andrew Pragasam
George White
Stately Wayne Manor
Paul Smith
Darren Jones
Aseels Almasi
   

 

Last Updated: