An Egyptologist returns from the dead to take revenge on those who have violated his tomb.

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Aga Ben Dragore, a knife-wielding, enigmatic Egyptian Arab, is seeking a sacred jewel which has been stolen from an ancient tomb. The thief tells him that he sold it to Professor Morlant, a fanatical Egyptologist who fervently believes in the pagan power of the ancient Egyptian gods. Dying from a mysteriously disfiguring ailment, Morlant entrusts his faithful manservant to bandage the jewel in his hand and warns him of dire consequences if his dying wishes aren't carried out. After his burial in an Egyptian-type tomb on his estate, an anonymous robber steals the precious stone from the corpse. Although the ghastly-looking dead man rises at the next full moon to seek revenge, neither he nor the audience know which member of the household possesses the powerful jewel. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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This was the first British horror film of the sound era. See more »

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Ralph backs up against a wall twice when Dragore comes in and draws a gun on him and Betty. See more »

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Nigel Hartley: I happened to be staying in the neighborhood, and hearing of your master's illness I took the liberty of calling. How is he tonight?
Laing: He'll never see the morning.
Nigel Hartley: He has not asked for anyone of my cloth?
Laing: Nor will he. He's set in his ways, and they are the ways of the heathen.
Nigel Hartley: I know he won't see the rector, but though I'm a comparative stranger, I don't like to leave a man to die like that.
Laing: He'll die in his own fashion as he has lived.
Nigel Hartley: Still, sometimes at the end...
Laing: Not him! He's stubborn and ...
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Overture
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from Die Meistersinger"
Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by 'Louis Levy'
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A Classic
5 June 2005 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

I believe that this film helps set the pattern for most of not all of the "classic" horror films of the 1930s/40s/50s, or at least Karloff's films and those of his imitators. It is best appreciated when viewed in context, and was likely even a bit radical for its day.

Very effective use of light and shadow, which is particularly noticeable in the outdoor night scenes, and some interesting angle and closeup work here and there. Good orchestration (not overblown as in later films of this genre). There's even some genuine acting in this film, although some of it is somewhat contrived -- but this is a horror flick, after all. There's also some bits of humorous byplay which are actually fairly subtle for a film of this type and era.

Karloff's makeup job isn't bad, either.

All things considered, I found it quite interesting and even entertaining. I'm giving it a 9.


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