Directed by: Karl Freund
Starring: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners
Man, Boris Karloff. That guy was one-of-a-kind. Just between this and Frankenstein, he’s basically the archetypal movie monster, and he was damn good at playing a huge scary dude. Really the only bad thing about this movie was that he was only all mummified and awesome looking for like ten minutes at the beginning of the film, and he was disguised as an Egyptian priest for the rest of the time. That mummy outfit is amazing.
An archaeologist finds a mummy and a strange box with markings on it warning people away from reading the scroll inside or they’ll incur the mummy’s curse. One of the idiots reads it, of course, and the mummy wakes up and walks away. His name is Im-Ho-Tep, and he’s out to find the woman he died for, who has been reincarnated as a wealthy socialite (and coincidentally, the daughter of the archaeologist). His plan is to kill her, so both their souls can finally be free in the afterlife, but she’s not too keen on the idea. Luckily, he has magic powers and can just make people do whatever he wants!
Yeah, Karloff just steals the show here. He’s way more threatening than he is as Frankenstein’s monster, even though he’s less monstrous. There are even a couple cool, legitimately spooky parts in the film, like when the mummy leaves at the beginning. I like this movie.