The Mummy (1932)

Directed by Karl Freund.  Screenplay written by John L. Balderston, from a story by Nina Wilcox Putnam and Richard Schayer.  Starring Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Arthur Byron, Bramwell Fletcher and Noble Johnson.

Plot: Egyptian mummy, Imhotep, stalks a beautiful young woman he believes is his lost love

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So, some stupid white people get together and desecrate a tomb belonging to Imhotep.  They open a box that says not to open it and the mummy comes to life.  This would never happen to us because we have too much respect for the dead.

2 years later the mummy is living as a regular man who searches for his long lost love.  He performs an incantation to bring her back and a woman named Helen responds by trying desperately to get to Imhotep.  She’s even speaking an ancient Egyptian language.  Helen is in love with someone else, but she’s drawn to the mummy.  And there in lies the crux of the problem.

He kills her dog – shit!  And up close, Boris is a really freaky looking dude.  But it’s a nice, short movie.  The effects were wild for the 30’s.  And the ending was marvelous and all about girl power.

I gave it a 64.  And DJ actually gave it more, a 70/100.

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