The Mummy (1932)

Breaking out of the horror/musical genre, I returned to the Universal Monsters bank for the next film in the October EYG Halloween Horror Bingefest with Boris Karloff’s starting role as The Mummy.

After uncovering the mysterious tomb of Egyptian Imhotep (Boris Karloff), the mummy curse seemed to lead to some major problems. With Imhotep returning from the dead, he discovers an old love, Helen (Zita Johann), reincarnated years over and he hatches a plan to return his love to him.

There was less monster involved here than in some of the other Universal Monster films, and the typical appearance of the Mummy, wrapped in the bandages, only appearance once in the film. Still, there was a great deal of tension and nerves built through the film as Imhotep, in the guise of modern Egyptian Ardath Bey, planned his strategy to get her back.

Director Karl Freund created an impressive monster movie without distinct monster. There was a real tragedy surrounding the Imhotep character as his background story was unexpectedly sorrowful.

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