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karloff1931

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26 Oct 2010, 3:37pm

for those who aren't aware of this, "the mummy's shroud" was the last horror film and also one of the last productions to be made at bray studios before hammer moved to elstree. they appeared to have finished with a whimper instead of a bang. this latest film in the mummy series has little commend it. andre morell is completely wasted and i'm not sure why he was placed first in the cast. after the opening 15 minutes or more, he quite rapidly fades into the background which is a shame as he was a gifted actor. it's also good to see michael ripper again but the same problem applies to another gifted talent as he too is underused. the low budget really shows in this one and i'm positive when i watch the film(which isn't that often) that i can spot the slight view of a microphone. shoddy production values indeed. the mummy character is a carbon copy of that in the previous film, that of a cold-blooded and one-dimensional killing machine. at least the likes of boris karloff and christopher lee brought a measure of depth and character when they played the same part. the same can't be said with this mummy. also, the violence is rather too gratuitous for my liking. the scenes where the mummy claims its victims, tend to be both unpleasant and un-necessary.

Related to: The Mummy's Shroud (1967)

karloff1931

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25 Oct 2010, 6:24pm

this is my second favorite hammer horror film after "the curse of frankenstein." for my money, "dracula" hasn't got quite so good a narrative but the acting, direction, music are all top notch. peter cushing plays van helsing the way only he could, as a crusading, determined, brave and strong-willed character who could prove himself a match for dracula at any time. speaking of which, christopher lee plays the character with great animal magnetism and also with a seductive and sexual air about him. it's a slight pity that he isn't in the film very often after the opening 15 minutes or so. nevertheless, the climatic scene between lee and cushing is worth waiting for as i rate it as one of the best sequences out of all the hammer films i have seen. i love the stirring and powerful music score from james bernard but especially the music that's used for the end credits. the supporting cast are pretty good and they all play their roles well but this film shall always belong to those two horror giants peter cushing and christopher lee.

Related to: Dracula (1958)

Penderel

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25 Oct 2010, 1:50am

The critics loathed this film but who cares about them? I wish all William Castle movies were Hammer films made in the UK. This version of The Old Dark House is one of my all-time personal favorites.

Related to: The Old Dark House (1962)

Gwaan

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23 Oct 2010, 11:50pm

It would be really great if a Region 2 DVD version of this great film could be released!

Related to: The Mummy (1959)

Gwaan

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23 Oct 2010, 11:50pm

It would be really great if a Region 2 DVD version of this great film could be released! You can currently get all of the other Frankenstein films in Region 2 format, but not the original and best.

Related to: The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957)

Gwaan

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23 Oct 2010, 11:49pm

It would be really great if a Region 2 DVD version of this great film could be released! You can currently get all of the other Dracula films in Region 2 format, but not the original and best.

Related to: Dracula (1958)

karloff1931

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23 Oct 2010, 6:19pm

"x the unknown" is just another version of the "quatermass" films but this is still quite enjoyable.

Related to: X The Unknown (1956)

KamKhaos

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23 Oct 2010, 1:12am

All due respect to James Whale, but this is the best Frankenstein film ever made. As has already been stated, it is totally solid in every way. .

Related to: The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957)

karloff1931

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22 Oct 2010, 11:39pm

this is rather ineptly done. the mummy character doesn't appear until about halfway through the film and the dialogue is strictly routine. hammer made far better films than this.

Related to: The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb (1964)

karloff1931

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22 Oct 2010, 10:51pm

as a version of the "hound of the baskervilles" story and also as a hammer film, i look upon this production as a masterpiece. the lack of success at the box office shall always remain a mystery to me. this has it all: some fine acting, especially from peter cushing, top notch direction from terence fisher, one or two brilliant film sets and a very good narrative. it is interesting to note that for the first time since the hammer horror franchise began, christopher lee is appearing as himself more or less: no makeup, no vampire fangs or being swathed in bandages etc. as sir henry baskerville, he does quite well. andre morell is a good dr. watson and miles malleson has an amusing scene or two but the film belongs to peter cushing, his interpretation as the baker street detective is an outstanding one. i love the climax to the film and also the build-up to it.

Related to: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)