Imhotep: You will not remember what I show you now, and yet I shall awaken memories of love... and crime... and death...
"It comes to life!"
The Mummy is a cool little horror film from 1932. It's a classic for sure, but by no means does that mean it is perfect or even great. Boris Karloff's presence and the fact that this was his first role after hitting it big with Frankenstein. As the title character, he does a great job injecting power and intrigue into it. There's no doubt that without Boris Karloff, this movie would have been a whole lot harder to watch. The acting is terrible in spots, but serviceable most of the time. The dialogue and chemistry between characters is where this one completely misses the mark, but luckily some great cinematography and camera work saves the day.
British archeologists disobey an ancient curse and awaken Imhotep, who ten years later tries to bring the love of his life back from the dead as well and will stop at anything to do so. The story is well done and interesting enough. It doesn't come together all that great, but that has a lot to do with the hour and thirteen minute runtime that doesn't allow for adequate closure at all. The climax is godawful and should have completely ruined the whole movie for me. Luckily, for some reason, it didn't though.
While, The Mummy is by no means a masterpiece of horror, it's well worth a look for the diehard fans of the genre. There's a lot of reasons to watch it if you are. Firstly, Boris Karloff; doesn't matter what the movie is, it's worth It's also the first mummy movie if I'm not mistaken, which started a whole new sub genre for the horror genre. So while it's nothing special, it has its merits.