31 in 31: The Mummy (1932)

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Story: Being an archeologist is fun! Especially when you’re in Egypt and have found a cool new tomb! Look, a mummy! Gee, I wonder if he ever had a girlfriend? What’s this; a curse to anyone who opens this box over here? I’m sure I won’t die horribly. Why is that mummy over there moving? Oh, it’s probably just my imagination….

Scares: A few, surprisingly. This ol’ celluloid gal still can drum up a chill or two.

Splat factor: Please. This is 1932 y’all. No splats, and p.s.; it’s in black and white. (Somewhere, a Millennial screams.)

Closing scene “shocker”: Nope. This is back when monsters got the kibosh before the end credits roll. And they lived happily ever after. Y’know, except for the monsters.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: THE original. All hail Karloff!

Trick or Treat?: A good old fashioned bit of deliciousness. Boris Karloff’s makeup (by makeup master Jack Pierce) is spectacular. The Mummy’s reincarnated beloved, Ankh-es-en-amon, is played by the strikingly beautiful Zita Johann. This is the golden age of horror, when everything was new, and movies didn’t drag on just for vanity’s sake. The problem with that? This film runs at under an hour and fifteen minutes. I could watch more. Sadly, there’s no sequel, though the 40s saw a slew of Mummy movies, Hammer Studio’s Mummy series of the 50s, 60s and 70s, and most recently the action movie Mummy series with Brendan Fraser.

Score: wpid-pumpkin9.jpg wpid-pumpkin9.jpg wpid-pumpkin9.jpg wpid-pumpkin9.jpg wpid-pumpkin9.jpg out of 5 pumpkins.

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