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Hammer’s THE MUMMY’S SHROUD starring ANDRE MORELL, JOHN PHILLIPS, ELIZABETH SELLARS, MAGGIE KIMBERLY, MICHAEL RIPPER, RICHARD WARNER and EDDIE POWELL as The Mummy

This is Hammer's bandage-wrapped version of THE TERMINATOR, with a British Hammer-Sixties budget. And I'm prepared to bet that a pre-teen viewing of this movie (and others) was part of the cocktail that led horror movie fans/turned directors like James Cameron into making the bigger budget versions.

There's a RELENTLESNESS to the Mummy attacks in this picture that are truly scary. That blank, unemotional mask of a face just seems to make the violence - when it happens - utterly terrible. (The mask was based on a real Mummy, in the British Museum. All credit to the Costume Designer. I've been there, seen the Mummy. Same face. Visitors to the Museum - make your way to the Egyptian section. There it is, under glass.)

When The Mummy is summoned - Don Banks' superb music creates a real sense of anxiety when you see its shadow stalking the streets, on its way to the next victim. And when it attacks, we're treated to what I've always loved about Hammer: Full-on physical confrontations and fights. This is a NASTY Mummy!

Special mention to a sequence where it attacks a victim, knocks him to the ground and grabs a big jar of acid, deliberately crushing it over him - in the knowledge that its own long dead and mummified hands won't be affected.

Nasty, nasty, nasty.

The serious playing of the cast is a bonus, with fine work by the always welcome Andre Morell. And yes, Michael Ripper finally gets a chance after years of working for Hammer to finally register EMOTIONALLY as a character. Throughout, he's treated terribly by the John Phillips character, but puts up with it. When the Mummy appears to kill him, it's sad. So sad..

And lastly, the best part of the picture.

The final confrontation with the Mummy. A great hands-on fight in a Museum, with the hero brandishing an axe (hey, what's an axe in the neck to THIS mummy?) and the heroine desperately enacting the 'Words of Death' from The Mummy's Shroud - leading to a great SFX sequence of The Mummy crumbling to pieces

Hammer fans, take my word for it. You won't be disappointed.

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