Writer/director Gilling collaborated on some of Hammer's most imaginative pictures (The Plague of the Zombies and The Gorgon among them), but this old bag of tricks does neither him nor the studio justice. In 1920 Stanley Preston, the usual swaggering imperialist (Phillips), orders the desecration of an Egyptian tomb and unleashes ancient evil. Vengeance comes in the shape of Prem (Owen), slave to a mummified pharaoh, occupant of the tomb. First to die is Sir Basil Walden (Morell), the honourable archaelogist committed to a lunatic asylum by Preston. Catherine Lacey performs entertainingly as a soothsayer.