Tonight on MeTV- no, there’s no Tom Cruise, and the embalmed is definitely not female- but it’s a continuation of the series from Universal’s original Universe- as the thought-to-be dead Egyptian menace is exported to the U.S. to get revenge on those who defiled his beloved’s burial crypt- it’s a horrid housewarming at some new digs in “The Mummy’s Tomb”!
This follow-up to the 1940 “Mummy’s Hand”, released two years later in 1942- but supposedly taking place 30 years after the events of the last film- opens in Mapleton, Massachusetts, at the home of the Banning family- where the father, Steve, regales his relatives with tales of the battle he and his group had with the living Mummy Kharis- ably supported by a heaping helping of stock footage form the previous film. He feels secure in the fact that Kharis is no more- but- we learn differently as, back in Egypt, the barely surviving high priest who protected Kharis reveals to his protege, Mehemet Bey, that Kharis has also survived- and decrees that his young follower must take the Mummy to America on a mission to kill the Banning family and their associates! He teaches him the formula for use of tana leaves to keep the Mummy alive and mobile- and then, after an ocean voyage- the new protector of Kharis takes up residence in a cemetery- as a caretaker- and revives the Mummy to begin his revenge tour!
Soon, Kharis is eliminating anyone connected to the Banning expedition- but, even with telltale signs of who (or what) is committing the murders, the local police are baffled-even though original expedition member Babe tries to give them the answer. Meanwhile, as often happens in the Mummy series, the priest/protector has fallen for a woman- the fiancee of Banning’s son- and plans to use Kharis to make her his own high priestess!
“The Mummy’s Tomb” is a fitting sequel to “The Mummy’s Hand” (and, to some extent, Karloff’s original “Mummy”)- and we get members of the “Hand” cast, along with Turhan Bey as the new priest- and Lon Chaney Jr. as Kharis – a role he wasn’t too keen on, due to the make-up! We’ll talk about the cast, and,have some tidbits about the production- along with a new Sven song- AND- since the movie is short- and you viewers always enjoy it- we’ve got our compilation of ALL the Svensurrounded “Flash Gordon” segments we’ve done! BUT WAIT- there’s more! DO NOT MISS the hand at the door at the end of the show- I’m just sayin’…
“The Mummy’s Tomb” gets unsealed tonight on MeTV at 10 pm eastern/pacific, 9 central, or check for time and channel where you are in local listings or at www.metv.com . Our Chicago area viewers can enjoy what was MeTV’s highest rated offering last Saturday- the original “Bride of Frankenstein”- at 11 am on WCIU.
iPhone and iPad users- did you get the “Svenmojis by Svengoolie” yet? Super-inexpensive, these digital “stickers” are available at the same App store where you get your other apps! Also, check out the Svengoolie store here on our site for Sven merchandise that makes great gifts for dads and grads, as well as lads and cads and…
Join us tonight for old school Mummy action without Cruise control- and- did I mention to watch for the hand at the door?