The Mummy's Ghost
Let's recap shall we. When we left The Mummy and Mehemet at the close of The Mummy's Tomb, The Mummy was "destroyed" and Mehemet came to a well-earned end. Prior to Mehemet coming to America, he received his charge from the High Priest of the Temple of Karnak who died as soon as he conveyed the change in power. Somehow, that then-dead high priest shows up again in the very beginning of the Mummy's Ghost, which is Chapter three in this four-story tale of the Mummy. Evidently, Karnak "Whose strength could shatter the world" was not a strong enough god in the previous two entries and has been replaced by the god Arcam. Andoheb whose arm was shattered when he was shot and then broke his neck falling down the temple steps-and who later died, is now alive and has called another priest to take over where Mehemet left off. This time it's Yousef Bey (John Carradine) (maybe mehmet's younger brother?) who answers the call. Yousef's charge like that of Mehemet is to travel to America to collect the remains of Ananka and The Mummy and return them to their Egyptian burial grounds. While the Mummy was "destroyed" in the last film and the one before that and the one before that, he's out and about in Massachusetts seeking out the precious Tana fluid that keeps him going. To make matters even more interesting the soul of Ananka has taken up residence in the body of a young woman forming a psychic bond between Kharis and Amina Mansori, the woman in question. The story then looks a lot like that of The Mummy's Tomb in that Yousef falls for this American beauty and seeks to make her his forever. As an aside, when you're dealing with the mummified dead it's probably a good idea to stick to the plan. Generally any deviation from that course leads to someone's death. And I'll give you a hint; it's never the Mummy that kicks the can! Anyway, the now psychically bonded Mummy takes the ever-unconscious Ananka/Amina to a swamp (where they found a swamp in Massachusetts is beyond me!) Where they are done in by the quicksand/swamp and the townspeople (again) in a scene that's reminiscent of the ending of House Of Frankenstein With Karloff and Glenn Strange. These last two Mummy entries are not as good as the previous three (The Mummy, The Mummy's Hand and The Mummy's Tomb) but they are still an enjoyable watch.
The Mummy's Curse
Twenty-five years will pass in the town of Mapleton Massachusetts only now Mapleton looks more like an Amazonian jungle than the East Coast land mass it's supposed to be. In this the last (thankfully) entry within the Mummy experience, the mummies (Kharis and Ananka) are unknowingly excavated and more mummy mayhem occurs. Kharis never loses his grasp on the mummy within. His job is to kill. Plain and simple and he does it very well. Ananka is new to the whole mummy deal and for the balance of the film, she isn't quite sure who she is or where she is. Not too mention that from the last film to this she has not only become a mummy but a totally different actor is playing her! (Maybe they thought we wouldn't notice?) The story from here on is the same as that of the previous entry, The Mummy's Ghost. A Priest of Karnak or Arcam (you pick) falls for a woman and loses sight of the unholy objective at hand. Remember what I said about not messing with the mummified undead. These guys just never learn. Anyway, this fairly bad film ends the mummy series on more of a thud than a bang.
The audio and video for these features are both adequate and more than fitting. The dialogue is easily understood and the full frame transfer of each film is better than these movies have looked in years. There are a lot of scratches and nicks however, they do nothing to take away from the film.
Just like all the entries within this Universal, Two- for-the-price-of-one grouping, the extras are solely the trailers for the features, production notes and cast information.
The Mummy's Ghost was a much-needed ending for a series that looked as though it would go on as long as Kharis was "alive". While these last two installments are far from enthralling, they are still pretty neat to watch. Universal has consistently given fans of this genre more than what was expected. These "Double Feature" entries are very cool indeed and are up to the same high standards we've come to expect from Universal!Recommended