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25 years after The Mummy's Ghost:
a construction unit plans to dry out the swamp where the mummy Kharis (Lon
Chaney jr) sunk with his queen Ananka, but from day one the whole
endeavour seems doomed, as workers just keep on disappearing &
everybody thinks the place is haunted anyways. & then there's this
professor, Halsey (Dennis Moore), who wants to unearth the mummy &
Ananka for the Scribbs Museum.
But what even Halsey doesn't know is that his assistant Ilzor (Peter
Coe) is actually the High Priest of Arkan, who with hs assistant Ragheb
(Martin Kosleck) has made a temple for Ananka in a nearby abandoned
monastery & now tries again to re-unite the lovers, even if ... no,
especially if that means to have Kharis kill through hosts of supporting
Eventually, Ananka (Virginia Christine) rises from the swamp too, but
other than Kharis, who still is a mummy, it only takes her a bath in a
nearby lake to turn into a lovely young woman ... but Kharis is after her
& kills even more people trying to get to her - without success, as
she soon hooks up with professor Halsey, who takes her, thought to be a
traumatized amnesiac, on as his assistant, & is quite pleased about
how much she knows about Egyptology. But every now & again, her mind
seems to drift off 6 she startzs murmuring about Kharis ... one day she's
gone, abducted by the mummy, & Halsey forms a posse to comb the swamps
for her ... but he is ill-advised enough to accept Ilzor & Ragheb in
his posse, who not only throw the others off the trail, but Ragheb also
abducts Halsey's girlfriend Betty (Kay Harding) & takes her to the
monastery, as for some reason they need to kill a woman to ... well, I
don't know how to put it, revive, mummify or kill Ananka (now the plot
really got a bit beyond me). Anyways, it seems that Ragheb has suddenly
fallen in love with Betty & won't let Ilzor kill her, instead kills
him. Then Halsey arrives & fights it out with Ragheb, but when all
seems lost, the mummy intervenes ... & attacks Ragheb (!?).
During the fight Kharis against Ragheb, the monastery caves in, burying
them both under the rubble, only Halsey & Betty survived.
& Ananka ?
She has turned into a mummy (!).
Compared with its immediate predecessors The
Mummy's Tomb & The
Mummy's Ghost, this is one of the livelier entries into the rather
weak Kharis the Mummy series, as it at least tries to establish
some sense of mystery & exotica. & Virginia Christine does quite
well as the girl who repeatedly falls into states of shock &/or
trance. That said, the film is still quite silly & not really good.
A sequence that tells the origins of the mummy was lifted intact from The
Mummy's Hand, which in turn incorporated many scenes from the
original Mummy from 1932. As a
result, we see Tom Tyler playing the unbandaged Kharis, but when Kharis is
bandaged & turned into a living mummy, we get brief glimpses of Boris
Karloff as Kharis as well.