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Pharaoh's Curse (1957)

Approved | | Horror | February 1957 (USA)
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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Cast

Cast overview:
Mark Dana ...
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Simira (as Ziva Shapir)
Diane Brewster ...
Sylvia Quentin
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Robert Quentin
Alvaro Guillot ...
Numar
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Walter Andrews
Guy Prescott ...
Dr. Michael Farraday
Terence de Marney ...
Sgt. Smolett
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Sgt. Gromley
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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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Unleashing 4,000 years of horror upon this century! See more »

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February 1957 (USA)  »

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Curse of the Pharaoh  »

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$116,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Shot in six days. See more »

Goofs

In Ancient Egypt a cartouche was an oval shape containing the hieroglyphs for a personal name, not a stone tablet. Characters should instead be referring to the tablet as a tablet or a "stele". In addition, the tablet has too few hieroglyphs for the complex long sentences and information it is said to contain. See more »

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Pharaoh's Curse (1957) *1/2
17 March 2013 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

A drab horror film that runs only 66 minutes but feels like it's 166. A group of archaeologists in Egypt encounter a curse that starts to affect a sick member of their group, gradually transforming him into a wrinkled, mummy-liked ghoul wearing pajamas. All the characters are bland and uninteresting, and the pacing is like sludgy molasses which plods along endlessly. Once the mummified man starts walking and doing his thing, there are some good moments of chills, but that does not occur until about the 40 minute mark (which may sound like a short amount of time, but it doesn't seem like it), by which time it's already too late. The makeup is pretty good, but the pj's had to go. While writing these notes I couldn't help comparing the structure of PHARAOH'S CURSE to THE MUMMY'S HAND (1940). That was another similarly short film around the same length where its monster doesn't get to work until later on, but the differences between the two are astounding. At least in HAND we are invested in the main characters and don't feel so bogged down. Interesting wrong and right way to do this type of film. *1/2 out of ****


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