The Mummy's Curse serves as basically nothing more
that a rehash of the four previously released mummy
films. It is not a bad film, but it is very far from
being anywhere close to the best. The mummy and his
princess are buried in the mud of the Louisiana swamps.
An industrial excavation is going on in the area and
mummy experts come down to give their aid as well. The
mummy is found, people start to die and we have some
short chase sequences, a final scene where mummy does
his mummy thing, and of course the flashback scene.
A mummy film would not be complete without going back
to former films and explaining who the princess and
Kharis were, and, in the process, chewing up the running
time and saving on film and actors. Lon Chaney plays
the bandaged one with what seems a total lack of interest.
He stumbles from here and there, but has little to do
and little motivation. The rest of the cast is okay.
Peter Coe as the Mummy priest is not too good, but some
good character acting does come from his henchmen(particularly
Martin Kosleck) and a great comic performance by Napoleon
Simpson as Goobie. The best scene is when the princess
comes out of her boggy grave covered with mud, then
walks into the swamp waters and comes out a model for
a hair commercial...her hair vibrant, bouncy, and not
wet! Her dress also in great, fantastic shape. I should
look so good after staying in a swamp bog for twenty
five years. Despite the logic of the scene, it is wonderfully
photographed. I also liked the humour, which I think
was intentional, of the mummy continually coming close
to getting his girl yet failing several attempts. Not
the best, but still one to see just because.