Tag line : No chains can hold it. No Tomb can seal it!

This third film in the series about Kharis the Mummy takes place several years after the events of "The Mummy's Tomb" in which we discover that Kharis, somehow managed (once again) to prevent being destroyed at the end of the last film. As the unfortunate professor at the local university discovers, when he starts brewing up some Egyptian Tana leaves to see if they really can make you immortal, only to have Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr again) burst in and kill him, so he can steal the potion for himself.

Its never explained where Kharis appeared from, or where he's been hiding all these years, but anyway. Whilst this is going on, an Egyptian priest named Yousef Bey (played by a young-ish John Carradine) has headed over to America to retrieve Kharis, and the Mummy of the Princess Ananka, who's currently on display in some museum in Massachusetts. But having broken into the museum, they discover that Ananka's body has disappeared.

Meanwhile, across town, one of the local girls, Amina (Ramsey Ames), who happens to be of Egyptian descent, is getting strange flashbacks about Egypt (you can see where this is leading). Yes, it seems Ananka has taken over the soul of one of her descendants, who happens to be conveniently living nearby and now Bey and Kharis are looking at taking her back to Egypt.

But, having kidnapped Amina, and with several townsfolk having fallen victim to Kharis, the sheriff and the local vigilante mobs are out in force. Setting things up for a final showdown, which could spell the end, not only for Bey and Kharis, but also the kidnapped Amina (or maybe not, but if you want to know what happens, you'll just have to see this one for yourself).

As with the previous films, if you liked them you should like this. Was kind of surprised to see George Zucco back in this as the Egyptian high priest, seeing as he appeared to die during the intro of Mummy's Tomb. Plus there was no explanation of what happened to Kharis the Mummy between films. But these points aside, this still proves to be an adequately entertaining B&W horror sequel.

Overall marks : 4.5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "Nameless, Fleshless, Deathless", "Fantasy, Terror, Action".

  • The secret Egyptian priesthood in this appear to have changed their names. In the previous 2 films they were referred to as the 'High Priesthood of Karnak', whereas in this they are now calling themselves 'The High Priesthood of Arkam'. No explanation for this is given.

  • Lon Chaney actually cut himself quite badly during the scene where Kharis smashes up the museum. The glass cabinet he puts his fist through had a real glass front, and a shard broke off and lodged in his chin. If you look closely during this scene, you can see blood soaking through the bandages on his chin.

  • Filmed in 1943, the year after "The Mummy's Tomb", but was not released until 1944.

  • Horror B-Movie actress Acquanetta (real name Mildred Davenport) was originally cast as Amina, the girl who Princess Ananka possesses. However, she slipped over and knocked herself out on the first day of shooting, so was replaced by Ramsey Ames.

  • Apparently, Lon Chaney went a bit too far in the scene where Kharis strangles Professor Norman as he left noticeable marks round actor Frank Reicher;s neck, who also complained that Chaney "Damn near killed him".

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