The Mummy

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Hardly a horror film in that it refuses to go for shock effects, this tale of Im-ho-tep, an ancient Egyptian priest brought back to life by an archaeologist, is a sombre and atmospheric depiction of eternal passion and occult reincarnation. The script throws up a heady mixture of evocative nonsense that bears little relation to the realities of Egyptian religion and history, but the whole thing is transformed by Karloff's restrained performance as the mummy who becomes, in his new life, an Egyptian archaeologist stalking Cairo in search of his beloved, a reincarnated princess; and by Freund's strong visual sense (he had previously been cameraman on Murnau's The Last Laugh, Lang's Metropolis, and the original Dracula). Not as great as Universal's earlier Frankenstein, but a fascinating instalment in the studio's series of classic fantasies.

Release details

Duration: 72 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Karl Freund
Screenwriter: John L Balderston
Cast: David Manners
Edward Van Sloan
Boris Karloff
Arthur Byron
Leonard Mudie
Noble Johnson
Zita Johann

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