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‘The Mummy’s Curse,’ not Universal’s best monster movie effort, but worth a watch

The Mummy’s Curse

Written by Bernard Schubert, Leon Abrams, and Dwight V. Babcock

Directed by Leslie Goodwins

USA, 1944

“The devil’s alive and he’s dancing with the mummy.”

Universal’s mummy series plateaus with 1944’s The Mummy’s Curse. Set in the 1990s, men on an irrigation project working in the swamps of the Louisiana bayou help unearth mummy Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr) and his Princess Ananka (Virigina Christine). Knowing this, the film’s High Priest, Dr. Izor Zandaab (Peter Coe) follows his supposed boss Dr. Halsey (Dennis Moore) to retrieve the mummies. What ensues is mostly a chase film and blatant repetition of The Mummy, The Mummy’s Hand, and even The Mummy’s Ghost.

Part of the repetition comes when Zandaab tells Kharis and Ananka’s story. Stock footage from the previous films is used to explain how Kharis’s attempt to bring Ananka back to
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