johnlink ranks THE MUMMY (1959)

My classics month proved fruitful, yielding several movies I’d always wanted to get to. Now, being October, I figured it was time for some horror flicks. It seemed fitting to watch a classic horror as September became October. So, I popped in the old Hammer film THE MUMMY. Not a particular fan of old cheesy horror, my expectations were really low going in.

This old color horror film tells the story of a Mummy (a younger Christopher Lee) protecting the sanctity of its tomb.

I watched THE MUMMY (1959) on 10.1.09. It was my first viewing of the film. And it happens to fall fifty years, to the week, that the film was released in the UK.

NOTE: THIS RANKING UTILIZES THIS SITE’S ORIGINAL SYSTEMIC ARTICLE WRITING METHOD. THE METHOD BY WHICH THE RANKINGS WERE ARRIVED AT, HOWEVER, REMAIN THE SAME.

FILM

Some of the visuals in this film are wonderful. My favorite is the giant shadow of the mummy preceding the actual mummy breaking through a glass door. The use of camera angles to increase Christopher Lee’s apparent height as the mummy is also well realized. The interiors are stronger than the exteriors, with the latter feeling like they were shot in a studio (as they were). This movie feels every bit of the fifty years old that it is, but it also has enough nice cinematography to make it watchable. SCORE: 5

MOVIE

Not particularly intense or scary at all. There is one shot of the mummy busting through a wooden door which works to achieve a jump, but that is about it.  The entire middle segment of the film, going back to Egypt, is tedious and unnecessary. The big climax proves somewhat anticlimactic, with the attack not giving us anything better than the previous episodes. SCORE: 4

ACTING

Surprised to say, Christopher Lee does a great job as the mummy using just his body and eyes. I didn’t think there would be much, but he does well. From what I read, it wasn’t all acting, as he took a beating playing the mummy in this film. The immortal Peter Cushing plays the straight man here, and gives us a hero to root for more than one might expect from a film of this nature. SCORE: 6

WRITING

The aforementioned Egyptian segment felt like it was there to pad time. This movie barely has enough substance to fill its 85 minute run-time. It could have been 70 minutes while losing very little of worth. The dialogue here is not bad, but the situations the characters are put into are so lame that it results in plenty of silliness. I know the Hammer films are oft-imitated, but this movie feels unimportant because of its script. SCORE: 3

FINAL TALLY

FILM: 5; MOVIE: 4; ACTING: 6; WRITING: 3

5+4+6+3+0= 18

FINAL SCORE: 4.5


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~ by johnlink00 on September 30, 2009.

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