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The Films of Terence Fisher$
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Wheeler Winston Dixon

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325345

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325345.001.0001

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Satellite Projects

Satellite Projects

(p.281) Chapter 7 Satellite Projects
The Films of Terence Fisher

Wheeler Winston Dixon

Liverpool University Press

This chapter briefly considers some of Terrence Fisher's less successful projects during the second half of his career, which are not considered wholly accomplished works. It examines films that are outright failures but also not a bad batting average for a director like Fisher. It also mentions The Mummy from 1959, which was Fisher's stylish yet curiously empty remake of the original 1932 Universal film that was directed by Karl Freund. The chapter cites writer Lawrence Alloway, who was impressed by Christopher Lee's makeup as the title character in The Mummy, but also correctly noted that the film concentrated almost solely on the Mummy and excluded all other characters in the film. It discusses how The Mummy is interesting only when the title character is on the screen and how slackens off into production gloss as a substitute for content at other times.

Keywords:   Terence Fisher, The Mummy, Lawrence Alloway, Christopher Lee, production gloss

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