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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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Lee Sholem

Writer:

Richard H. Landau (original story and screenplay) (as Richard Landau)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mark Dana Mark Dana ... Capt. Storm
Ziva Rodann ... Simira (as Ziva Shapir)
Diane Brewster ... Sylvia Quentin
George N. Neise ... Robert Quentin
Alvaro Guillot Alvaro Guillot ... Numar
Ben Wright ... Walter Andrews
Guy Prescott Guy Prescott ... Dr. Michael Farraday
Terence de Marney ... Sgt. Smolett
Richard Peel ... Sgt. Gromley
Kurt Katch ... Hans Brecht
Robert Fortin Robert Fortin ... Claude Beauchamp
Ralph Clanton 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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STRANGEST OF ALL HORROR STORIES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Horror

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curse of the Pharaoh See more »

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Budget:

$116,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Featured in Svengoolie: Pharaoh's Curse (1996) See more »

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Pretty Good Mummy Flick
30 August 2011 | by nova-63See all my reviews

First up, the only reason I am writing this review is I fear the low rating the movie has will drive some viewers away. A 4.2 rating implies junk and that is not the case at all.

The opening sequence showing the civil unrest in Egypt is well done and gives a nice back drop to the ensuing story. I won't repeat the synopsis which many have covered, except to say it is a little different, which is welcomed. The leads, particularly Mark Dana were quite good and earnest in their performances. The film manages to build suspense nicely and the short run time is probably a help.

The negatives are it doesn't have the glitz of a Hammer flick and there is zero gore that modern horror fans require. Also the Mummy is not in the film at all during the first half of the picture. This is no masterpiece by any means, but it is a well made low budget monster movie from the 1950's. If you love old B movies from the 1950's then this is a nice way to spend 75 minutes.


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