Emerging from a fetid swamp bent on violence, Hammer's mummy, Kharis (a splendid Christopher Lee), was more monstrous than the 1930s Universal original (played by Boris Karloff). Trussed in mouldy bandages, Lee's monster dispenses mute wrath upon tomb desecrators, while his eyes tell a tale of torment. Meek archaeologist Banning - an impeccable Peter Cushing - makes a memorable adversary.
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