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January 26, 2018
he went for a little walk..

The Mummy

Dark Universal will have to come up with something better than this for it will do just fine for a single installment but not for a series and especially not if one of the loopholes of the movie is character's perspective and its development. The Mummy is definitely amazing and horrifying but comparing it to the other films like Dracula or Frankenstein of the same genre, it is short on content and execution. Although the details mentioned in here (the dog or how she convinces her servants to help her escape to him) are as good as Dracula or Frankenstein. Karl Freud doesn't quite get the picture, is probably the reason he couldn't execute it to that level and fails to convince the audience about writer's vision. At the end, The Mummy is of course smartly written, well performed and has the perfect environment and only if it would have been in proper hands, might have been on the major league.
December 16, 2017
The setup of this movie is fucking terrific. Already they're establishing curses for opening up ancient chests and stating that the souls of the past gods still live in the Ancient ruins of Egypt. Hearing that guy laughing was so uneasy, it was almost like he was possessed.

Crazy to see how powerful Imhotep is or maybe really was, when he was alive. That Dr. Muller was a real god send in the movie. If it wasn't for him, everyone would have been screwed. This just prove that knowledge really is power. Probably the best power one can have.

Brilliant how they did the whole transition from the indoor pond to the ancient memory of when Imhotep lost his love. And seeing the backstory of what happened to Imhotep was amazing to watch. It was like reliving an ancient memory. It was awesome to see the parallel of how Imhotep and the guy died in a straight jacket sort of way.

First, being wrapped up from head to toe so you cant move is already enough torture, but then being buried alive. That is the icing on the cake. That is the kind of stuff that is terrifying. Knowing that your never going to get out, escape, and that your going to die underground, is nightmarish.

Overall, wonderfully written piece of cinema with an atmospheric mood and a great story to tell.
½ December 16, 2017
1.5/5. All in all, a pretty boring movie.
November 12, 2017
the tom cruse version is miserably bloated and takes itself too seriously. this version builds an atmosphere (like all the universal monsters films) and while it may seem bland to audiences now, i choose to appreciate it as the great film that thrilled and terrified audiences in it's own day.
November 1, 2017
Easily the most boring of all the original universal monster movies. Only the terrifying close-ups on Boris Karloff's mummified face are worth mentioning. Otherwise, give me Brendan Fraser's goofball outing all day long.
½ October 24, 2017
I didn't think it was bad but it was boring, Karloff is only briefly in full Mummy makeup and there was no creature action like in other classic Universal Monster movies. They also copied the plot beats of Dracula, overall it just wasn't very entertaining.
October 19, 2017
It has production values and a Karloff perdormance to speak of, but its pacing and heavy attempts at melodramatic romance tend to spoil it.
October 2, 2017
I really enjoyed how this production looked on screen. Even though this is a black and white film, the use of lighting and camera angles was nice to see. Boris Karloff does alright in the role of the Mummy, but it is not as good as his work as Frankenstein's Monster. The story moves too quickly at times and is by far the weakest part of the entire film.
September 15, 2017
While The Mummy is very slow in narrative it levels up well with cinematography and a creepy performance from Boris Karloff
August 19, 2017
Though this isn't the strongest Boris Karloff led horror film from the 1930s due to slow pacing, not all that much in the way of horror and an unsatisfying ending however thanks to Karloff, solid production, an intriguing look into Ancient Egypt, an eerie mood and atmosphere along with a decent score and some solid makeup effects this is at least entertaining for the most part.
½ August 1, 2017
Can see it as a template for other movies and is watchable, but as a standalone horror film, it fails to scare or really enthrall the viewer; a classic that did not age well.
August 1, 2017
It is a classic monster movie because of its originality but it didn't age well and to a modern audience the film can seem quite dull.
June 9, 2017
Boris Karloff, one of the great horror actors of this era, is the one who truly made this a GREAT MOVIE!!!
June 5, 2017
Boris Karloff is the man. Or the Mummy, as it were.
Super Reviewer
June 5, 2017
When looking at classic monster-horror films, there's a certain amount of suspension of disbelief needed. Not necessarily meaning that the films have no realism, but more so that the films are so dated in style and aesthetic that it becomes extremely difficult to understand how moviegoers were able to feel the scares of such a film. The Mummy is an interesting movie with the mythology it sets up, but lacks the thrills or lasting direction to catapult itself into the hall of fame of horror films. One thing this film does incredibly well is use Boris Karloff. Because the film is more of an atmospheric horror, it relies on particular creepy images rather than scaring with shock-horror, and no image is more creepy than a close up of Boris Karloff staring you down directly into the camera. He's a legend, and The Mummy is just one of many examples of that. Following along in the same sort of structure as films like Frankenstein, you can figure out the plot beats relatively easy, but that doesn't necessarily take away from the experience, though it certainly doesn't enhance it. Overall, this short take on The Mummy mythology is a fun one, even if it produces little to no scares whatsoever.

March 28, 2017
8 out of 10:

It may lack the thrills in the other monster movies, but The Mummy still has good acting and great sets.
December 24, 2016
One of the classic Universal horror movies, The Mummy rises above most horror movies of due to Boris Karloff's wonderfully sinister performance and an influential style that has been used in many of the most memorable modern horror films.
½ December 6, 2016
The film dated very badly, acting is outdated and superficial, except for Karloff of course. Opening scenes are awesome still and the scenes of ancient Egypt are enigmatic. Overall atmosphere is fine though. The screenplay is outstanding dealing with something unknown and very ancient. But I strongly thing that sound did bad for this movie. Had it been a silent movie it would only gain from it.
½ December 1, 2016
A fantastic story with intresting charecters, and fantastic acting. Boris Karloff does amazing at playing Imhotep! I have only one real complaint. This movie is called "The Mummy" but we hardly see Imhotep in mummy form. For 95% of the time he has all his flesh! They should've renamed this movie "Curse of Imhotep." Besides that I loved this movie, and its creepy Egyptian set up.
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