Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Mummy (1932) aka Cagliostro aka Im-Ho-Tep aka King Of The Dead

3.5 / 5
Tagline: It comes to life!
Directed by: Karl Freund
Written by: Nina Wilcox Putnam, Richard Schayer
Actors include: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners
Genre: Action, Horror, Adventure
Length: 73 minutes
Banned: Finland
Country: USA

Well...I've been on a Universal monster movie kick, so of course this was in line to be watched. I was really unsure how to rate this because I found it hugely disappointing yet at the same time it was 1932, and parts were quite ahead of it's time. See the thing that is largely missing here is the tight knit cohesion the other films have, and also a sense of humour seems to be lacking too. The sets aren't as impressive and well the Mummy just isn't scary, oh and I didn't really like the leading lady either. On the pro side, Boris as the Mummy is pretty cool while he's in bandages (which is only for about 5 minutes), then he walks around looking old and wearing a shriner's hat. He doesn't actually kill people very often the way I'd imagined, but rather he has some sort of mind power...yeah not that great. The story is that The Mummy had been uncovered and someone opened his private box and read his scroll. Then he tries to revive his lost love in an innocent girl, only of course some dashing dude wants her too and the battle continues. At least we get a really neat impalement (that is even gratuitous) and it's obviously unique but I'm not really sold.

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