The Mummy (1932) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Mummy (1932)

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  • Release Date:  1932
  • Genre:  Classic & Mythological
  • Director:  Karl Freund
  • Screenwriter:  John L. Balderston, Nina Wilcox Putnam, Richard Schayer
  • Cast & Crew: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Arthur Byron, Edward Van Sloan, Bramwell Fletcher, Noble Johnson, Kathryn Byron, Leonard Mudie, James Crane, Henry Victor, Arnold Gray

The Mummy (1932)Rating:

  • Dylan = 7.5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • IMDB = 7.2 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 7.2 / 10

The Mummy (1932) Synopsis:

During an excavation in ancient Egypt, a small group of scientists discovers the Mummy of Im-ho-tep, an ancient priest, along with a scroll that supposedly has the power to awaken the dead.

The Mummy (1932) Review:

The original “The Mummy” is one of the greatest Universal Monster film, alongside Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolfman.

What’s most stupefying in this film is the Mummy itself. It is not at all the “clumsy walking, toilet-paper wrapped, creature” that modern viewers would tend to imagine. Instead, what we have here is a fascinating mummy, filled with the dignity and nobility of his ancient life rank. His hypnotic power is really terrifying, thanks mainly to the awesome performance of Boris Kargloff (Frankenstein), in what is his best acting performance in my opinion.

The music is also really good, giving the film a really majestic touch. The film has a solid story too, one that makes you travel and discover wonders of the ancient world. Watching the Mummy is like taking off for a travel tour to Egypt and you have got this great atmosphere that can be found in old mythological films such as the Sinbad or Jason.

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