Pharaoh’s Curse

September 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm (4 Heads, Pharaoh's Curse) (, , )

Pharaoh’s Curse – 1957 – United States

Egypt 1902: Some English soldiers are sent to stop an unlawful archaeological dig. They arrive just in time for the archaeologists to awaken the spirit of an Egyptian priest. The spirit possesses a man, transforming him to an invincible withered corpse with a thirst for blood.

As you probably guessed, The Pharaoh’s Curse borrows thematically from The Mummy (1932). It also maintains the same plodding pace despite being twenty-five years younger. A twist ending is attempted, but the plot’s lack of logic negates its impact.

At least the characters have some personality. Maybe not the handsome and sexist hero Captain Storm or the enigmatic and sexy cat cultist Simira, but the supporting roles are likable. My favorite is the alcoholic French artist, whose cynical wit is unperturbed by any horrors.

Rating: 4/10 Shrunken Heads. It is a very long 66 minutes.

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