Tag line : Death kept alive over the centuries!

Set some 30 years after the events of "The Mummy's Hand", it seems that the high priest (George Zucco) who resurrected Kharis the Mummy, survived the events at the end of the last film, as did Kharis, and the High Priest has just picked his successor.

Seems they want revenge on the people who plundered Princess Ananka's tomb (took them long enough didn't it?), so they send the young priest, Memhet Bey, over to America, along with a rather large "box", which we know contains more than just his spare clothes, to seek them out.

Bey takes a job as a cemetery caretaker, and soon afterwards, the now elderly explorers from the previous film, Steve Banning and Babe Hanson (wasn't he called Jenson in the last film?) are killed under very suspicious circumstances and the Sheriff is being flooded with calls about a large "Mummy" like creature stalking across peoples farms at night.

Needless to say, it doesn't take them too long to realise that the new Egyptian guy working at the cemetery is probably behind the crimes and when the Mummy kidnaps young Isobelle (Elyse Knox), who's the bride-to-be of Banning's son John (John Hubbard), as Memhet Bey fancies her for himself, it's down to a good old fashioned lynch mob to confront Bey, sort out the Mummy and rescue the girl.

Overall, I'd say this is a fairly entertaining follow up if you like old B&W films. It was good to see Dick Foran and Wallace Ford reprising their roles, even though the "Abbot and Costello" style humour between them was absent in this one. It was just a pity they got killed off in this. I also noted that the Mummy was played this time by "Wolf Man" star Lon Chaney Jr, as opposed to Tom Tyler who'd played Kharis the Mummy on the original.

But anyway, if you liked the first film, you should enjoy this.

Overall marks : 4.5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "The Spectre of Death", "BURIED FURY!...stalking to life from the depths of doom!", "The Fear of the Year!", "Eyes That Crawl With Madness! Hands That Creep Like Cobras!".

  • Originally released to US cinemas on a double bill with Bela Lugosi's "The Night Monster" (1942).

  • First Mummy movie to feature Lon Chaney Jr, replacing Tom Tyler as Kharis from the previous film. Apparently, this was Lon Chaney Jr's least favourite role, as it took 8 hours to apply the make up.

  • The name of Wallace Ford's character appears to have changed from Babe Jenson, to Babe Hanson in this.

  • Supposedly set 30 years after "The Mummy's Hand", which would make this 1970. Yet the film still appears to take place in the early 1940s.

  • Mary Gordon, who plays Dr Banning's wife Jane, is probably best known for playing Mrs Hudson in those old Sherlock Holmes films alongside Basil Rathbone..

  • Though Lon Chaney Jr played the Mummy in this film, the footage featuring Tom Tyler as the pre-mummified Kharis was re-used for the flashback scenes. However, as the mummification scene was lifted from the 1932 version of "The Mummy", Boris Karloff can also be glimpsed between the bandages in this scene.

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