The Mummy Reviews
The first film of Universal's Monsters to not be based on prexisting source material, The Mummy cleverly uses the rumors surrounding the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb at the time of it's release, in order to make a film that openly embraces Eygptian myth in it's narrative to make this film more fantasy based than the last two films.
However, although Boris Karloff once again steals the show as the wise yet cunning Imhotep, the lack of experience of creating an original horror story as opposed to adapting existing source material, really shows as a majority of the narrative lifts elements from Dracula such as him kidnapping a woman for life-force, being opposed by a doctor character played by Edward Van Sloan and clashing with a male protagonist played by David Manners, making The Mummy a bit too predictable, even by 1930's standards.
Overall The Mummy is not the strongest horror film out there, but Boris Karloff, it's unique Egyptain setting as oppsed to the mostly European set films in Universal and it's admititally interesting take on the "monster loves girl" trope with it's ideas of reincarnated lovers does make this a much more pleasing viewing experience than watching Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe fight off CGI bats.
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.
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.