Welcome to Mummy Fest – A collection of everything I have related to ancient Egyptians walking the Earth. From The Mummy (1911) to The Scorpion King (2008). A History of Classic Monsters: Mummies by John Gaines states that although mummies were created by one of oldest civilizations in history their development into demonic monsters is largely a 20th century construct. Bram Stoker of Dracula fame wrote a story about an evil mummy in “The Jewel of the Seven Stars” 1903.
Carl Laemmle Jr. commissioned a plot for a movie based on the opening of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. This became The Mummy (1932) starring Boris Karloff and it set the bar high for all future mummy movies.
I have assembled a little list of movies by Universal, Hammer, and others that follow The Mummy (1932) line. They are: The Mummy’s Hand (1940), The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), The Mummy’s Ghost (1944), The Mummy’s Curse (1944), Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955), The Mummy (1959), The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964), The Mummy’s Shroud (1966), Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971), The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), The Scorpion King (2002), The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior (2008), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption (2012), and of course Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955). One day I hope to review all of these movies and place them under a mummy theme.
Boris Karloff – King of the Monsters
I don’t think I will get much argument if I say that Boris Karloff was the greatest Frankenstein of them all. Although Peter Boyle was pretty good. Karloff was a British actor that began stage work in Canada and then made his way to Hollywood. He made some silent films but had to maintain jobs such as ditch digger to survive. By 1931 Karloff was on his way with The Criminal Code (1931) and Five Star Final (1931), a film that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Of course, the biggest role of all was that of the monster in Frankenstein (1931). Karloff was about 5 feet 11 inches. The costume that he work for this role had 4-inch platforms and weighed 8 pounds each. Karloff’s costume was designed by Jack Pierce and was copyrighted by Universal Studios making it harder for other studios to copy the success of Frankenstein. Oddly Lon Chaney Sr, father of Wolf Man Lon Chaney Jr. Was offer the role of … Continue reading The post Boris Karloff – King of the Monsters appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]
The Mummy (1932) – Episode 47
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 … Continue reading The post The Mummy (1932) – Episode 47 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]