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Pharaoh's Curse (1957)

Approved | | Horror | February 1957 (USA)
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Archaeologists in Egypt find one of their crew has been turned into a blood sucking mummy after they have unleashed a three thousand year curse by entering a Pharaoh's tomb.

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Mark Dana ...
Capt. Storm
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Simira (as Ziva Shapir)
Diane Brewster ...
Sylvia Quentin
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Robert Quentin
Alvaro Guillot ...
Numar
Ben Wright ...
Walter Andrews
Guy Prescott ...
Dr. Michael Farraday
Terence de Marney ...
Sgt. Smolett
Richard Peel ...
Sgt. Gromley
Kurt Katch ...
Hans Brecht
Robert Fortin ...
Claude Beauchamp
Ralph Clanton ...
Col. Cross
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Archaeologists in Egypt find one of their crew has been turned into a blood sucking mummy after they have unleashed a three thousand year curse by entering a Pharaoh's tomb. Written by Ray Baden

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tomb | curse | egypt | mummy | aging | See All (9) »

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The Vengeance-Lusting Mummy That Waited 4,000 Years to Strike! See more »

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February 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Curse of the Pharaoh  »

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$116,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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All exterior shots in Death Valley were done in one day. See more »

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Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007) See more »

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Defilers of Pharaoh's Tomb are Threatened by Mummy's Curse
7 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

Pharaoh's Curse is one of my all time favorite "BAD" movies. I had a big crush on Ziva Rodann, billed here as Ziva Shapir, and to have Diane Brewster in the cast as well was double fun. Mark Dana was a busy TV leading man in the 1950's but his career ran out of gas by the mid 60's. He tries to effect a British accent for his role but fails badly. George N Neise had a four decade career as a character actor in films and television.He's a bit overblown here as the films obsessed archaeologist.Ben Wright's voice was as familiar the his face. He worked for Disney in 101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, and the Little Mermaid. Director Lee "Role Em" Sholem was a favorite of "B" movie and television producers all over Hollywood because his reputation for staying on schedule and within budget and being able to do the most with the least. He delivers a creepy and entertaining fright film here. Make up men Gordon Bau and Ted Cooley created a very realistic and frightening mummy based on Nick Volpe's concept.

The mummy is a little different from most of the other movie mummy's in that it is really one of the expedition members whose body has been possessed by the mummy's vengeful spirit. It is also a bit of a vampire too, in that it needs fresh blood to keep on going. After several mules and a few expedition members meet their end it finally dawns on the group what is going on. Although they still can't seem to determine what to do about it.

Pharaoh' Curse was made to be a low budget Saturday Matinée shocker for junior high aged kids. That and a film for the drive-in movie crowd. It holds own with most any of the black and white horror films that were being released at the time. It's not Boris Karloff but it's a fun little film that is worth a watch.


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