An ancient Egyptian priest named Imhotep is revived when an archaeological expedition finds his mummy and one of the archaeologists accidentally reads an ancient life-giving spell. Imhotep escapes from the field site and searches for the reincarnation of the soul of his lover.
After watching Frankenstein and Dracula, this one is far above them. "Is it interesting?" This one kept my interest for quite a while, though the editing was a major flaw. 2 out of 3. "Is it memorable?" If I think of classic monster movies, I will think of this one. Especially the story. 2 out of 3. "Is it entertaining?" That is the biggest problem. We have a great bad guy with a recognizable motivation, but out protagonists bumble along. The characters aren't evenly represented. I knew who was going to win or lose and stopped caring why. Just was waiting to find out how. 1 out of 3 Start with 1, 1+2+2+1=6 It might be a while but would watch again. Would also mention it to others, but let them judge how good it was. It's not for everyone.
Put it back. Bury it where you found it. You have read the curse. You dare defy it? The Mummy is directed by Karl Freund and written by Nina Wilcox Putnam, Richard Schayer and John L. Balderston. It stars Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Arthur Byron, Edward Van Sloan, and Bramwell Fletcher. Music is by James Dietrich and cinematography by Charles J. Stumar. The first of Universal's Mummy films follows the story of Imhotep (Karloff), who after being awaken from his tomb by expedition workers, believes his lover has been reincarnated in the body of a modern woman. It's undeniably slow moving, it's stagy, and away from Karloff the acting and dialogue is just about reaching average qualities. Yet there's a haunting quality to the pic, with a number of genuinely eerie sequences. The shadowed photography helps greatly for funereal atmospherics, while it's somewhat refreshing to find a film of this type not resorting to shock tactics to get your attention. An important film in a lot of ways and well worth a look for those interested in the history of Horror Film. 7/10