July 28, 2014

Movie Night: The Mummy (1932).

Review #622: The Mummy.

Boris Karloff (Ardath Bey/Imhotep), Zita Johann (Helen Grosvenor/Princess Ankh-es-en-Amon), David Manners (Frank Whemple), Arthur Byron (Sir Joseph Whemple), Edward Van Sloan (Dr. Muller), and Bramwell Fletcher (Ralph Norton) Directed by Karl Freund.

When it comes to Universal horror movies, most refer to Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, and the there's The Mummy. The Mummy had its own share of sequels (none of which that relate to this movie though), and a remake that spawned its own series, but thankfully I'm not covering that...yet. The Mummy is short, but horror films from this era weren't usually long anyway, so it makes it really accessible to watch. The Mummy has some impressive effects, especially at the beginning when Imhotep is first shown, in his mummified state, wrapped in bandages, designed by famed makeup artist Jack Pierce, who does a really good job in this film. Karloff is given his chance to shine, he's the most interesting actor in the movie, and his back story for his character is actually pretty entertaining. The rest of the characters aren't too bad, they are after all just the heroes who face off against the more interesting, which is common in some of these movies, but at least it doesn't detract too much from this neat and entertaining film.

Overall I give it 8 out of 10 stars.

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