The Mummy’s Curse (1944) – 130

The Mummy’s Curse (1944)

  Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast AKA iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you’re finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is The Mummy’s Curse (1944). This is the third time that Long Chaney Jr. played the mummy. I wanted to pan this movie like the rest of this mummy series, but I found this one to be vastly superior to the other three. With limited star power, the acting was still very solid. I thought that moving mummy from a swamp in Massachusetts to Louisiana would be ridiculous but the folklore was woven into the story very well. With that said, any of you that have been listening for a while know that English is not my native language. Since I was raised in raise in a third world country known as…

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The Mummy’s Ghost (1944) – 129

The Mummy's Ghost (1944)

  Welcome to today’s show, The Mummy’s Ghost (1944), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast formally known as iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. This movie is similar to The Mummy’s Tomb (1942) with a couple of better actors like John Carradine and Barton MacLane. The movie has a 33 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[1] However, the plot has a Mack truck size hole in it. Did they even watch the earlier movies before they slapped this together? Anyway, it is a fun watch and I really enjoyed seeing the young John Carradine. So, I’ll jump right into the show veterans, of which there are a few. Actors Returning Lon Chaney Jr. is returning in the role of Kharis AKA the mummy. Chaney was first covered in Episode 5 – Of…

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The Mummy’s Tomb (1942) – 128

The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)

  Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is The Mummy’s Tomb (1942). The Mummy’s Tomb (1942) continues the story of The Mummy’s Hand (1940) some thirty years later. There’s not much of a story here and a large portion of the movie is clips from The Mummy (1932) and The Mummy’s Hand (1940). While sporting only a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes[1], it is fun late night classic horror fare. So, let’s jump into the show veterans and clip veterans. Actors Returning Lon Chaney Jr. assumed the role of Kharis/The Mummy. Chaney was first covered in Episode 5 – Of Mice and Men (1939). Wallace Ford returned as Babe, but this time Hanson instead of Jansen. Ford was covered in Episode…

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The Mummy’s Hand (1940) -127

The Mummy’s Hand (1940)

  Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is The Mummy’s Hand (1940). This movie is sometimes called the sequel to The Mummy (1932). However, it doesn’t as much continue the story, as it uses clips from the earlier film woven into another story to save money. This movie is not too bad as early horror films go. Any movie that has three archeologists can’t be all bad. Of course, one of the three is evil, which I find to be pretty consistent with my life experience. This movie is rated 67% on Rotten Tomatoes.[1] At the time of release, the New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther wrote “Once or twice Miss Moran makes a grimace—as if she had caught an…

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Dracula’s Daughter (1936) – Episode 87

Dracula's Daughter (1936)

  Welcome to today’s show, Dracula’s Daughter (1936), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is Dracula’s Daughter (1936). This is a simple little tale that picks up where Dracula and Drácula (1931) ended. This brings up a question that has bothered me for some time. Why did Van Helsing remain behind in the dungeon after he killed Dracula? The simplest explanation would be to set up the sequel. Where they thinking that far ahead? Did they know the impact that Dracula (1931) would have? If so, why wait five years? I think it may have to do with follow-up. It will become clear that I have thought about this too…

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Dracula (1931) and Drácula (1931) – Episode 86

Dracula (1931)

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is the classic Universal horror film Dracula (1931). Many of you are probably aware that a Spanish-language version was filmed on the same sets and at the same time as the English-language with Bela Lugosi (1931). They filmed the English-language version during the day and the Spanish-language version was filmed at night. The only difference in title is that the Spanish version has a little mark above the first “a.” In my opinion, the Spanish-language version is vastly superior to the Lugosi film. I realize this is heresy and Bela Lugosi will always be the only vampire for me. They just…

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Tower of London (1939) – Episode 85

Tower of London (1939)

  Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is Tower of London (1939). This movie was set in 15th Century England. It has a great cast featuring Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, and Barbara O’Neil. This movie was made by Universal at the same time RKO was making the Hunchback of Norte Dame. It was one of the hottest years on record and the actors in full costumes suffered immensely. Basil Rathbone plays the role of Richard – Duke of Gloucester. He is bent on killing his way to the English throne. Rathbone was covered in Episode 9 – Son of Frankenstein (1944). Boris Karloff played…

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House of Frankenstein (1944) – Episode 76

House of Frankenstein (1944)

Welcome to today’s show, House of Frankenstein (1944), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is the campy good House of Frankenstein (1944). This movie brings together so many good actors and the monsters they played it can’t help but be entertaining. Also, this movie has some interesting lore about stake pulling and who can shot you with a silver bullet. ACTORS I’m going to jump right in with the actors were have previously discussed. The greatest of these is the wonderful Boris Karloff played the role of the evil want to be Frankenstein Doctor Gustav Niemann. Karloff was first introduced in Episode 7 – Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Lon Chaney…

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The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) – Episode 70

The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) - Myrna Loy

Welcome to today’s show, The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932). It features many European actors with taped-backed eyes but I going to go with “that’s how it was done back then” and move on. Boris Karloff and Jean Hersholt were amazing in their roles. Myrna Loy was fantastic playing an evil sex crazed fiend. I used to seeing her in roles like The Thin Man (1934) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). Of course this movie has archeologists which always draws me in. ACTORS Boris Karloff was up to the role of Dr. Fu Manchu…

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Werewolf of London (1935) – Episode 69

Werewolf of London (1935)

  Welcome to today’s show, Werewolf of London (1935), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is Werewolf of London (1935). I believe it is the first sound werewolf movie. ACTORS Henry Hull played the role of Dr. Glendon and one of the werewolves, the werewolf of London. We recently covered the great actor Henry Hull in Episode 67 – The Buccaneer (1958). Hull refused to use the heavy werewolf makeup in Werewolf of London (1935) that became the standard for later werewolf films. Warner Oland played the role of Dr. Yogami and was the other werewolf. Born is Sweden in 1879, he moved to the US in 1892. In his 20s he…

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Mark of the Vampire (1935) – Episode 64

Carroll Borland - Mark of the Vampire (1935)

Welcome to today’s show, Mark of the Vampire (1935), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Mark of the Vampire (1935) is a great movie. Bela Lugosi is great as always but the stand out performance of this movie is really Carroll Borland as the vampiress Luna. We will get to her in a bit but first I want to briefly touch on the four actors were have seen before. This movie is a remake of the silent London After Midnight (1927) starring Lon Chaney Sr. ACTORS Lionel Barrymore played the role of investigator Professor Zelin. We introduced Barrymore in Episode 25 – Key Largo (1948). Of course Bela Lugosi played the vampire…

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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) – Episode 63

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to and give me a review. Today’s movie is Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). The Creature, AKA the Gill Man was part of the second generation of Universal Studios classic movie monsters. This movie was filmed at the height of the cold war and the creature faced the same issue with alienation that would continue to grow in the aftermath of the Cold War. As a monster the Gill Man was a little more complex than others. He didn’t seem to be evil and fought after he was attacked. This movie was directed by Universal’s Jack Arnold who made among other films It Came from Outer Space (1953), Creature…

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The Mummy (1932) – Episode 47

The Mummy Logo

The Mummy (1932) is classic horror from Universal. This movie features Boris Karloff as the mummy and Edward Van Sloan as a professor of the occult. The Mummy (1932) – Rough Script Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. I am very excited to get to The Mummy (1932). When I watched this for the show I found that Boris Karloff is still scary as Ardath Bey with his deadpan stare and wrinkled skin. So I will jump right in with Boris Karloff. Boris Karloff the king of the movie monster played a dual role or three depending on how you count. In this movie he was the living Im-Ho-Tep, the dead Im-Ho-Tep AKA the mummy, and Ardath Bey the mummy in his seconding life. I covered Karloff pretty well in Episode…

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The Wasp Woman (1959) – Episode 46

The Wasp Woman (1959)

The Wasp Woman (1959) is a nice little horror film by Roger Corman and starring Susan Cabot Rough Scrip The Wasp Woman (1959) Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. I had such a good time putting together the October films and I hope you did as well. I think I’ll just continue with a few more horror films. Besides Mrs. Snarky Movies says I have to clean the DVR. Susan Cabot played the main role of Janice Starlin. Cabot was born in Boston and was raised in foster homes. She joined the drama club in high school. After finishing school she was singing at night and illustrating children’s books. During this period she was cast as an extra in Kiss of Death (1947) and began working in local television. She was…

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