The Mummy's Curse

The Mummy's Curse

Infobox Film | name =The Mummy's Curse

caption =
director = Leslie Goodwins
producer = Oliver Drake
Ben Pivar
writer = Leon Abrams
Dwight V. Babcock
starring =Lon Chaney Jr.
Peter Coe
Virginia Christine
music = William Lava
Paul Sawtell
cinematography = Virgil Miller
editing = Fred R. Feitshans Jr.
distributor = Universal Pictures
released = flagicon|USA December 22, 1944
runtime = 62 min
language = English
budget =
amg_id = 1:33766
imdb_id =0037098
preceded_by = "The Mummy's Ghost" (1944)
followed_by = "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy" (1955)

"The Mummy's Curse" is the 1944 horror film follow-up to "The Mummy's Ghost" which was also released in 1944. This film marks Lon Chaney Jr.'s final appearance as Kharis, the Egyptian mummy. Many critics and fans believe the final installment to be the weakest. Certainly it is the most inconsistent, since Kharis was last seen in New England, and here he is dug up in Louisiana. The Universal Mummy series also boasts of a parallel-earth kind of timeline. "The Mummy's Hand" was made and set in 1940; "The Mummy's Tomb" takes place 30 years later; "The Mummy's Ghost" about five years after that, and "The Mummy's Curse" twenty-five years after "Ghost." That means if the timeline is taken seriously, this film is set around the year 2000.


This installment in the series takes place in Louisiana Cajun country and concerns Princess Ananka, the ancient Egyptian princess for whom Kharis bore a forbidden love. Ananka had previously been reincarnated in "The Mummy's Ghost" only to die in the swamps. In this film, her body is dug up by land developers and she comes back to life. Kharis terrorizes the local country in his search for her. Interestingly enough, one of the principal leads, Dennis Moore, better known for his western roles and for appearing in the last US movie serial ("Blazing the Overland Trail", Columbia, 1956), is not even listed in some of the movie posters for the film.

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