Classics Review: The Mummy (1932)

During The Great Depression, Universal Pictures developed a string of successful box office hits during the “Golden Age Of Hollywood” typically involving monster pictures such as Dracula, Frankenstein, Invisible Man, Creature From The Black Lagoon, Wolf Man and of course the following review depicted on this article.

Before Marvel, DC, Godzilla, Universal was the first to establish the concept of world building involving crossovers featuring one character meeting another from a separate film. The films involving the creatures is called “Universal Monsters,” which is named after the major studio and the characters who are literally monsters. The cinematic universe became influential in today’s movie going experience. If it weren’t for monsters, we would’ve never got Marvel, DC and Godzilla movies.

Famous stars from The Golden Age, played the iconic monsters such as Boris Karloff, (Frankenstein, The Mummy) Bela Lugosi (Dracula) and Lon Chaney Jr. (The Wolf Man)

In response to the upcoming reboot starring Tom Cruise, (he’s not playing the title character) I thought it be a cool idea to look back at the original released in 1932 to see if this one still holds up 75 years later

The premise is about a guy who comes back from the dead and his main goal is to seek out a woman he believes is possibly his old flame reincarnated.

For those who are newcomers to The Mummy lore, here’s a non SPOILER article.

Positive: Boris Karloff’s as the sinister but sympathetic titular character.

The prosthetic makeup still holds up for movie released in the 1930’s.

The Cinematography was spot on.

Before C.G.I. was introduced, practical effects were heavily involved and they’ve aged pretty well.

Negative: Certain scenes can sometimes be a drab.

The total running time is an hour & ten minutes long. Very uncommon for a feature length movie.

The human characters were boring.

The Final Verdict: B as in birdy. (golf term)

I thought the original was decent despite a couple of gripes, this went to become an influential film for future filmmakers like Steven Sommers who went on to remake The Mummy with Brendan Fraser.

I’m gonna rewatch the Brendan Fraser films and possibly write an article on each of them & to get ready for Tom Cruise’s film.

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