Ep 1.6: Hammer’s Mummy Movies

Welcome to our house at Universal Monsters Cast, where your horror hosts – Gillman Joel, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh – regularly brave discussions of many a monstrous thing, with a special focus on the Universal Monsters, both the classic films and the emerging Dark Universe.

Season 1. Episode 6. In this episode we are doing something a little bit different and covering all of the Hammer Films productions of Mummy films. We are joined by special guest RedCapJack who helps us review The Mummy (1959), The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964), The Mummy’s Shroud (1967) and Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb (1971). Composer/Producer Kagan Breitenbach joins us again for a solo-cast segment about Hammer Films music. You’ll remember that the first four episodes, we discussed all of the news surrounding Universal’s Dark Universe and reviewed the 2017 film The Mummy. In episode five, we began our classic Universal Horror coverage with The Mummy (1932). We’ll come back around to classic Universal Monster movies and the future of the Dark Universe, but for now …
It’s Hammer Time!


[ 00:00:00 ] I. Intro

– Welcome, RedCapJack!
– Discussing our histories with (and nostalgia for) Hammer Films

[ 00:18:29 ] II. Feature Review – The Mummy (1959)

Ratings and Recommendations
Dr. Shock: 8 / Buy it!
RedCapJack: 8 / Buy it!
Wolfman Josh: 7 / Buy it!

[ 00:33:48 ] III. Feature Review – The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)

Ratings and Recommendations
Wolfman Josh: 6.5 / Rent it


[ 00:44:40 ] IV. Feature Review – The Mummy’s Shroud (1967)

Ratings and Recommendations
Gillman Joel: 7.5/10 / Buy it!
Dr. Shock: 5/10 / Rent it

[ 01:03:52 ] V. Feature Review – Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb (1971)

Ratings and Recommendations
RedCapJack: 6.5 / Rent it

[ 01:15:29 ] VI. Hammer Horror Music with Kagan Breitenbach 

[ 01:30:24 ] VI. Wrap up / Plugs 


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Reference videos for this episode:

—Donald Fearney’s The Legend of Hammer Films Mummies documentary
The Legend of Hammer documentary


RedCapJack’s Links:
RedCapJack’s blog: RedCapJack’s Ranting Lunacy
RedCapJack’s mummy rules: UMC Comment
Follow RedCapJac on Twitter and Letterboxd

Gillman Joel’s links:
Joel covers retro movies at Retro Movie Geek
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Joel used to cover forgotten flix at Forgotten Flix Remembers

Wolfman Josh’s links:
Follow Josh on TwitterInstagram and Facebook @IcarusArts
Josh covers horror movies on HorrorMoviePodcast.com
Josh covers streaming online movies on MovieStreamCast.com
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Dr. Shock’s links:
Dave writes daily movie reviews on DVDinfatuation.com
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Dave podcasts about horror movies on Horror Movie Podcast and Land of the Creeps
You can read all of Dave’s “Universal Horror” written reviews (HERE) at DVDinfatuation.com

UMC Producer and Composer Kagan Breitenbach’s links:
Check out Kagan’s music at KaganBreitenbach.com
Subscribe to Kagan’s YouTube Channel QuartetMacbre
Follow Kagan on Twitter @KRBrietenbach

17 thoughts on “Ep 1.6: Hammer’s Mummy Movies

  1. With Josh’s thoughts that the swamp scene in 1959’s The Mummy inspired 2017’s The Mummy, I was more thinking that Universal’s The Mummy’s Curse (1944) was more of the inspiration. Although there is one notable difference, both The Mummy’s Curse and Hammer’s The Mummy had a pretty identical ending leading me to believe Hammer made their own version of The Mummy’s Curse ending.

    • Yea, I thought The Mummy (1959) was using the swamp imagery from The Mummy’s Curse (1944). It’s a cool scene when Christopher Lee comes out of the swamp. He’s so tall and thin and he wobbles around finding balance on his legs. That’s the best he looks in this film. I agree with Josh that his makeup isn’t great for the rest of the film.

      It’s interesting that Hammer uses the name Kharis for their mummy which is the second mummy in the Universal series, not Karloff’s mummy, Imhotep.

      • I think it makes sense though. As I love to complain about, Karloff’s mummy wasn’t a mummy under wraps. So if you’re Hammer and preparing to make your own mummy series, you might as well name your mummy after the Universal mummy that not only had an actual series, but looked like your mummy.

        • Mark said: “It’s interesting that Hammer uses the name Kharis for their mummy which is the second mummy in the Universal series, not Karloff’s mummy, Imhotep.”

          Sal said: “You might as well name your mummy after the Universal mummy that not only had an actual series, but looked like your mummy.”

          Very interesting points, guys. This is a prime example of why the listener comments are so valuable. I wish we’d figured this out on the show.

            • I didn’t notice that, neat! And there’s also a Mehemet Bey character. Looks like The Mummy’s Tomb (1942) had a lot of influence on the character names for Hammer’s Mummy.

  2. Another great episode from everyone involved, including special guest redcapjack! I’ve only seen The Mummy (1959) but I put the others on my watchlist. Hammer horror is a bit of a blind-spot for me as well. I’ve been buying a few of their films over the years but my OCD demands that I watch the monster franchises in order so it’s slow going.

    • I love that! So, rather than go with release dates, you are going with one monster at a time? And are you going in the Universal order or the Hammer order. Honestly, we are doing the same thing with both Universal and Hammer, but following the Dark Universe order. You should join us and we can all make our way through each of these monsters together!

      • Yea, I’m going by monster but in no particular order. It’s harder to acquire each monster franchise from hammer because they don’t have the collections that universal has. I watched The Curse of the Werewolf the other night because it was a full moon and Dr. Shock mentioned on this episode that hammer only made one werewolf film. So that was easy! I’ve only seen a couple of Frankensteins and Draculas and the first Mummy. I’m definitely planning on watching all of the Hammer mummys soon after listening to this episode. Maybe in October.

  3. Love that you guys are covering Hammer Horror! I was never a big fan growing up with the exception of Dracula, which I’ve always felt is superior to the 1931’s adaptation, and Curse of the Werewolf. Hammer should have a special place in my heart as they were never off tv here in the UK and were the monsters my parents grew up on. I always found them a bit boring compared to the Universal horrors. I’ve recently revisited a lot of these films and have a new appreciation.

    • We defintely needed a voice from across the pond on this episode. Should have got some voicemails from our England/Ireland/Scotland listeners. Any deep cut favorites you can share with us, Colin?

    • My experience of the Hammer movies is pretty similar to your own, Colin. They were the horror movies that my parents always seemed most familiar with; my mum always talks about getting fish and chips wrapped in newspaper on a Friday night with her brothers and sisters and then eating them watching the weekly Hammer Horror, often resorting to hiding behind the settee.

      I didn’t really end up checking any of them out until after I’d already been spoiled by the horror movies offered by the 80’s and 90’s so the neon blood and kitschy 70’s aesthetic initially put me off a bit but I’ve been trying to put that right and have learned to appreciate those elements as part of the charm.

  4. You guy’s help the work day fly by. I love the long indepth style most of the show’s on this network record in. Can’t argue with any of this episode and would add I love the Hammer Movie’s but find it hard to find others around here that agree. The blood always pop’s on screen. I know it’s not Hammer but a similar movie with Lee and Cushing I always loved is Horror Express (1972). Not quite the same production values as Hammer but still a real fun watch and Telly Savalas!

    • So glad we can be of service, Dave. Thanks for listening and commenting. Where are you that people don’t like Hammer?! “Blasphemy!” as Gregamortis would bellow. Looking forward to really getting caught up on these movie and love recommendations, if you’ve got them. We actually covered Horror Express on and early HMP, if you missed that. I actually thought it was a Hammer film, based on my recollection, but I would like to rematch that and relisten to my review at the time. Such a strange film. Check it out-

      “Terrible Trains, Organ Theft and Our Top 5 Scariest Horror Movies”

      • I watched Horror Express after listening to that HMP episode and loved it! I checked on IMDB and it looks like you’re right Roday the 13th. Even though Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are in it, the production companies are Granada Films and Benmar Productions.

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