Big thanks to everyone that came out yesterday to Smyrna for Revfest and welcome.
As this is the start of a new week, I thought that I would post classics of horror cinema. I consider classics to be anything up through 1960, and I realize that people will argue that range. I just wanted to give you guys the range that I would be using to determine a “classic” horror film.
For my first film, let me start with an English film that helped to inspire my second Winston & Baum steampunk adventure: Hammer’s The Mummy from 1959 (phew just made the cut off). This film features, like many of Hammer’s early hits, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. A lavish production that deals with the resurrection of an ancient high priest to seek revenge on those who desecrated the tomb of his lover, this film features great effects and wonderful performances. With many classic Hammer actors in supporting roles, Peter Cushing would become synonymous with the academic pitting himself against unnatural forces. Christopher Lee is imposing, even without the use of his voice, as the shambling mummy.
Why I am a sucker for the Universal films, I feel that this is a superior film to Universal’s The Mummy starring Boris Karloff. Mainly because Universal’s film feels like an Egyptian spin on their classic 1932 Dracula.
To pick up a copy of this classic, just click on the cover below and read on for the official synopsis.
Synopsis: When three English archaeologists find the tomb of an Egyptian highpriestess — buried nearly four thousand years before — they discover a guard who had been buried alive with her. Rising in anger, the Mummysets out to destroy the despoilers of the tomb of the sacred princess in this cult horror film. Starring two horror legends — Peter Cushing(“Star Wars”) and Christopher Lee.