After Hammer's successful retoolings of Frankenstein & Dracula, the studio scored again with its tackling of The Mummy.
Like its takes on the Monster & the Count, this Mummy was the first to be shot in color. Unlike the other two, however, this film has more in common, storywise, to its Universal counterpart (some plot elements are similar to those in Universal's Mummy sequels).
Once again, we have the great acting team of Christopher Lee (in the title role) & Peter Cushing (as the lead archeologist Banning, who must protect his wife when he realizes the Mummy desires her, due to her resemblence to his deceased love).
The Mummy is, once again, inadvertently brought back to life, but, this time, an unscrupulous Egyptian (who dislikes attempts to dig up the ancient ruins of his homeland) uses the Mummy to wipe out the scientists. Needless to say, this tactic eventually backfires.
Lee, in a performance with no dialogue and in bandages almost the entire time, matches Karloff in the title role. The moment where he first lays eyes on Banning's wife is a great moment of acting, in which he silently expresses astonishment and sadness.
Unlike the Brandon Frasier Mummy films four decades later, this Mummy gives remakes a good name.