Pharaoh’s Curse is the 1957 horror film. It’s the early 20th century and Egypt is trying to become independent from Britain. Within this backdrop, Captain Storm is assigned to escort archaeologist Quentin’s wife, Sylvia, to find him. They meet up with a mysterious young woman named Simira, who warns them not to open the pharaoh’s tomb. They reach Quentin, who opens the tomb anyway. When they open the sarcophagus, Numar, who happens to be Simira’s brother, falls ill. He rapidly ages and soon is possessed by the spirit of the high priest assigned to protect the pharaoh’s tomb. Will the team be killed by one of their own members?
This is a little unusual in the “cursed Egyptian tomb” sub-genre in that a mummy isn’t the creature guarding the tomb. It’s a typical horror flick that at least acknowledges that Egypt deals with real life issues as well. The viewer does have to feel sorry for Numar, as he is doomed to be the vessel for the high priest. It’s a little more engaging that the sub plot that Sylvia and Quentin don’t love each other anymore. While the running time is short, the story doesn’t suffer for it. Honolulu horror film fans should rent it first.
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