The Mummy's Hand In this acclaimed follow-up to the popular original, an expedition of American archaeologists, headed by Steve Banning (Dick Foran) and Baby Jenson (Wallace Ford), travels to Egypt in search of the undisc... more »overed tomb of the Princess Ananka. There they soon discover the clues that lead them to a 3000-year-old mummy, who is guarded by a sinister high priest (Eduardo Ciannelli). Reluctantly funded by a magician (Cecil Kellaway) and his beautiful daughter (Peggy Moran), the expedition has its hands full battling the mummy, who goes on a killing rampage during each full moon, in this frightening chiller masterpiece. The Mummy's Tomb The ancient Egyptian Mummy, Kharis, is transported from his homeland with the high priest Mehemet (Turhan Bey) to wreak vengeance on the family who has defiled th sacred bomb of his beloved Princess Ananka. Compassionately portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr., Kharis travels to the United States, with companion Mehemet, to seek archaeologist Stephen A. Banning (Dick Foran). Systematically, the last surviving members of the original expedition are killed while Mehemet falls in love with Isobel Evans (Elyse Knox), Banning's beautiful fiancee. He futilely tries to use the Mummy to ensnare Isobel to be his high priestess, but is prevented by a fiery mob which destroys him and the mummy in this classic chiller.« less
Not as classic as the Karloff version, but still fun
Hazen B Markoe | St. Paul, MN United States | 09/11/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"THE MUMMY'S HAND/THE MUMMY'S TOMB were the 1st 2 sequels of Universal's classic THE MUMMY, which starred Boris Karloff. However, while the original had Karloff's Imhotep in bandages for only about 5 minutes before appearing as a VERY wrinkled wizard, the sequels had the Mummy fully wrapped in these 2 flicks. Basically the films tell the tale of Kharis, who basically had the same back story as Imhotep: being buried alive for trying revive his dead lover, called Ananka here. The films also tell of a expedition that dig up Ananka's tomb, and occur the wrath of the Mummy. Obviously, both films end up using stock footage in padding their stories...you even see the villagers of the original FRANKENSTEIN waving their torches at one point in THE MUMMY'S TOMB. Tom Tyler, who plays the Mummy in the first film, lends a chilling presence. It also helps that his eyes are blacked-out in the editing room, adding to the creep factor. His successor, Lon Chaney, Jr., is somewhat less successful. With what looks more like a mask, Cheney seems less scary in comparison. At a little over than an hour each, the movies definitely do not drag in pacing. The DVD transfers are very sharp, but the lack of special features is disappointing. However, this is a fun double feature for fans of the Universal monsters."
Adequate Entry into Universal's Classic Monsters DVD Series
fsjon | Maple Grove, MN USA | 09/03/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Not much has been made out of these new 'double-featurette' Monster set-ups yet. I picked this particular set up at a local store before buying any more. The transfers are very sharp looking and of high quality; there are sure no complaints about how the movies themselves look. However, sad to say that these are pretty lacking in the cool extras that the original classic Monster releases had - track commentary, mini-documentaries and photo galleries are completely missing. What you do get for extras (assuming this set is indicative of the rest of the 2-for-1 releases) are sparse 'text only' production notes which may hold a little interest for fans; select cast bios and filmography; and vintage trailers for the movies (I do not recall seeing a 'Mummy's Tomb' trailer before so that was kind of cool). And for what little it is worth the jewel-box packaging art/design is also pretty disappointing (...). On the other hand, it is kind of nice of Universal to go for a somewhat more economically minded 'two for the price of one' format with these releases; I guess if they had to sacrifice some of the extras to acheive this.....personally I (like many serious fans) would rather have paid more and seen the documentaries and heard the commentary!All things considered; the movies themselves are the bottom line and if this set is a fair representation of the rest of the new series, they look great and are definetely worth picking up. Sadly, a lack of cool extras as we had become used to with the original Classic Monsters DVD releases knock these a little bit down from 'Must Own' status."
ENTERTAINING, BUT FLAWED! THE MUMMY SEQUELS!
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 08/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't consider either of these films sequels of the original Mummy. They do use footage in flashback, but they really have little to do with the classic original. There were four Mummy films made in the 40's and even though they are not classics they are tough to dislike. The two films on this set are better then the two on the last set. The DVD transfer is good but, the Legacy Collection is a better deal because you get all 5 Mummy movies in one package. The extras are very good on the Legacy set."
SOLID "B" MOVIE ENTERTAINMENT
Tim Janson | Michigan | 11/08/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Mummy's Hand is the first sequel to the Mummy although it would not appear until eight years after the original. It opens by re-using footage from the original with just a few scenes re-shot showing Kharis stealing tana leaves replacing the scene where Karloff as Imhotep steals the scroll of Thoth.
We are introduced to Horror vet George Zucco as Andoheb, high Priest of Karnak and guardian of the secret tomb of princess Ananka. We are shown how he can control the mummy Kharis by giving him a fluid made of tana leaves.
Cut to Dick Foran as "Steve Banning", a down on his luck archeologist and his partner Babe Jensen. Banning makes a discovery of the location of Ananka's tomb and puts together an expedition to uncover the tomb, funded by American Magician The Great Solvini and his daugher Marta.
Soon, Andoheb sets Kharis on their trail to kill them after they discover Ananka's tomb.
The Mummy's Hand, and the later three sequels would all be "B" movies, re-using much stock footage. There isn't really much of a plot here other than to give Zucco a change to let the Mummy (played by western star Tim Tyler) run wild...well, shamble wild. But hey..the second sycle of Horror was running wild at Universal so they were cranking these out fast.
Foran is the usual handsome hero and Wallace Ford as Babe jenson provides the usual sidekick comic relief so common in these movies.
Certainly no classic and director Christy Cabanne was NO Karl Freund...but it's still a fun movie and a quick watch at just over 60 minutes.
"The Mummy's Tomb" is a direct sequel to the "Mummy's Hand and takes place 30 years later. Almost the entire first 12 minutes of the movie uses footage from the Mummy's Hand as Steve Banning, now an old man, relates the events of discovering Anankas tomb and fighting the Mummy Kharis, as he speaks to his son, John and his fiancee Isabel.
Universal was never above trying to save a few bucks by re-using footage from previous films.
We also find out that the High Priest Andoheb (George Zucco) and the mummy were not killed and that Andoheb is passing on guardianship of Kharis on to Mehemet Bey (Turhan Bey). He is to go to America and destroy Banning and his family for desecrating Ananka's tomb.
We now cut to Mapleton, MA, as Kharis begins his nighly rampages of revenge. Wallace Ford Reprises his role as "Babe" although strangely his last name is changed from Jensen to Hanson.
The other big change is Lon Chaney Jr. taking over in his first go as the Mummy, Kharis. He cuts a more imposing figure than Tim Tyler and the makeup was far superior as he appeared much more decrepit can decayed.
Overall it was a refreshing change to move the setting to the States where everyday people were encountering the Mummy in a terror."
The Mummy's Hand/The Mummy's Tomb
W. Vaux | Australia | 01/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I want to point out that I rate the Mummy's Hand higher than The Mummy's Tomb, but as a 2 movie DVD I have to rate it 5 stars. Tom Tyler for me is the best mummy of the lot. I only wish he had continued on and done the rest in that era.
Tom Tylers performance in The Mummy's Hand was exceptional, he was scarrrrry, they chose to black out his eyes and I felt that added to his look of being one of the scariest of all time. The Mummy's hand is actually a romantic film in a strange kind of way, but I guess they all are when you come to think of it....saving the beautiful girl. The Mummy's Tomb is also a very fine mummy movie and with this package, you have to have if your a mummy movie lover."