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½ June 28, 2016
Another Universal classic monster movie, although as a modern movie goer, you may find old movies a little long in general, but this one in perticular. It has it's good moments, but some moments are just horribly long. But in the end, you've at least watched a universaly known Universal monster movie. But the title is a bit misleading, cause with this one, you're waiting for a mummy that kills people, but it ain't that at all, it's almost more like a romantic film. The sets are some of the most beautiful I've seen in old films and it's just a good movie. Recommended !!
June 3, 2016
If only it was om blue ray 3D
February 22, 2016
I love the first act of this, and it's a really clever premise, but it really loses steam as it goes. Definitely worth watching, but doesn't entirely work
February 9, 2016
A pair of archaeologists are cataloging their findings in Egypt when they unwittingly resurrect the cursed mummy of Im-Ho-Tep (Boris Karloff). Working under the guise of Ardath Bey, this mystical creature hatches a scheme to use subterfuge and murder to win back the reincarnated soul of his ancient lover (Zita Johann). First-time director Karl Freund was the cinematographer on Dracula and, in addition to his expressionistic composition, The Mummy's parallels to its vampiric forebear include the use of several supporting cast members and some borrowed plot points. The Mummy is an unambitious little horror story, but strong direction buoyed the film to lasting success; the decades of Mummy remakes, spin-offs, and rip-offs are a testament to this movie's remarkable staying power.
January 4, 2016
How have I made it 31 years without watching this fantastic (and fantastical) creeper?! This might be my new favorite of the early Universal monster movies, competing only with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Karloff acquits himself masterfully as a priest so obsessed with his former flame that he will stop at nothing to bring back his beloved from 3,700 years in the grave. This film has some great camera work for being such an early talkie, and I wish that Freund had had access to a steadicam. Maybe in the next life.
December 5, 2015
very disappointing so far the worst of the universal original horror monster movies
Super Reviewer
November 24, 2015
The original classic from Universal Pictures that starred the late great Boris Karloff, who delivers a mesmerizing performance that embodies the character perfectly as the cursed and mummified Egyptian priest Im-Ho-Tep, who was buried alive 3,700 years ago for the sacrilege of trying to restore his dead lover's life. He has now been resurrected by some foolish British archaeologists who open his sarcophagus, taking the form of an modern Egyptian he quickly begins his quest to resurrect the soul of his long lost love which he believe has been reincarnated in a modern women, well-played by very the appealing Zita Johann as the innocent subject on Karloff's obsession. Remarkable makeup by Hollywood legend Jack Pierce, who brilliantly transforms Karloff into the living dead. The noted German cinematographer Karl Kreund makes his impressive directorial debut with horror classic, he went on to win an Academy Award for his stunning cinematography for the 1937 film "The Good Earth." Credit must be given to the supporting cast for their superlatives performances they include Edward Van Sloan, Arthur Byron, Bramwell Fletcher, Noble Johnson, Katherine Byron, Eddie Kane, Tony Marlow, and James Crane. Crisp cinematography, fine production design, and a superb score. Director Freund brings a dream-like German Expressionistic atmosphere throughout this film, like the haunting and surreal close-up of Karloff's piercing hypnotic eyes and creased leathery face. "The Mummy" is one of the highlights of 1930's film-making, it was remade by the British Hammer Studios in 1959, with Sir Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Highly Recommended.
November 14, 2015
this movie was boring, the mummy only appears like 30 seconds at the begining of the movie, and then it re-appears as a regenerated person. something I did not like at all. the plot was boring etc
½ October 30, 2015
This is nearly forgotten today, in the wake of the Dracula/Frankenstein juggernaut. That's a shame as this is a quality, creepy love story. The shot of Karloff's eyes being bandaged over is still haunting. Also, one of the greatest movie posters ever designed.
October 28, 2015
Boris Karloff keeps proving that he's of of a kind, and the production value in this film it's just gold, making it the respected classic it deserves to be.
October 27, 2015
Possibly the best monster movie from Universal during the 1930s. Great story, acting, set design, and costumes. Oh, and the lead actress is like Drew Barrymore's doppleganger.
½ October 9, 2015
Atmospheric and exciting... and oddly romantic. I don't necessarily LOVE a sympathetic monster, but Karloff IS very watchable.
Super Reviewer
August 29, 2015
It's good but the '99 remake has more meat on its bones.
August 5, 2015
Iconic monster movie, that while not a classic in the truest sense, holds up as one of the original horror movies. The cast is nothing to right home about, for the most part, and the production is dated, looking more like a sound-stage than actual Egypt. Plus, the story is remarkably similar to "Dracula", in that an immortal being comes back to life to reclaim his reincarnated love. However, Boris Karloff is outstanding in the title role and once again paired with the great Jack Pierce from "Frankenstein", who's make-up effects remain brilliant to this day (the detail of the dust & brittleness of the bandages is a prime example). Karl Freund direction isn't extraordinary but he adds great atmosphere & keeps the story tight at 82 minutes. Overall, not a classic in terms of craftsmanship, but worthy for any film & horror collection as this is, quite frankly, the best 'Mummy" movie still.
April 24, 2015
Very interesting movie, great make-up and another signature Karloff performance. The story has enough development to hold its own, while leaving many memorable scenes.
½ March 19, 2015
Quite dull, not scary, and we can thank this for many other dull non-scary films that followed.
½ March 11, 2015
Karloff's iconic portrayal of the reanimated Imhotep still captures the eye in this enduring feature.
February 1, 2015
The Recent Discovery Of Tutankhamen's Tomb Was Producer Carl Laemmle's Inspiration For Universal's 1932 Horror Classic, The Mummy. Starring Boris Karloff, The Mummy Is A Horror/Romance About Resurrected Mummy Imhotep's Search For The Reincarnated Lost Love Anck Su Namun. A More Prominent Romantic Plot Than Horror, It Showcases Karloff At His Absolute Best. With An Excellent Script, Plot, Atmosphere & Direction From Karl Freund (Cinematographer Of 1931's Dracula), The Mummy Is A Classic And Iconic Film In Both Genres Of Romance & Horror. This Has Spawned Many Sequels & A Remake, Which In Turn Has Spawned 2 Sequels, An Animated Series, And A Series Of Spin-Offs (The Scorpion King).
January 8, 2015
Karl Freund, who had been the cinematographer on Tod Browning's "Dracula", gets the chance to direct a film that is in many ways a deliberate follow up. The two films have a lot more in common than you'd initially think. While he doesn't get Lugosi as his monster, he gets Karloff. In many ways, this film is better than "Dracula". While it never quite reaches the otherwordly heights of that film's opening sequences, it's a more lively and engaging film.
December 31, 2014
Strange "horror" movie. Really fails at having anything scary in it. However, apart from that, on its own it's a pretty solid movie. Not as good as The Invisible Man, but perhaps better if less iconic than Dracula and Frankenstein (1933 versions). As dated as it is it's tough not to recognize its significance to film history. It's also Interesting to compare this to the remake as well. It feels like it was made in the style of a silent film.
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