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The Mummy (1932)

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Karl Freund

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Plot Summary

Boris Karloff's legendary performance as The Mummy has become a landmark in the annals of screen history. When Egyptian mummy Im-Ho-Tep is accidentally revived after 3,700 years, it is revealed in a flashback that he was a high priest, embalmed alive for trying to revive his true love after she had been sacrificed. Alive again, he sets out on an obsessive - and deadly - quest to find his lost love. The Mummy remains a masterpiece not only of the genre, but of all time.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 27
  • Fresh: 25
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The transformation of Karloff's Im-Ho-Tep from a clay-like figure in a coffin to a living thing is the highlight. – Variety Staff, Variety, Oct 21, 2010

Fresh: The drama may be clumsy, but Freund's lighting is a wonder. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: This spine-chilling movie, shot in the German expressionistic manner, was the first of eight directed by one of the great cinematographers of cinema history. – Film4, Oct 6, 2013

Fresh: A sombre and atmospheric depiction of eternal passion and occult reincarnation. – Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Sep 19, 2007

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Customer Reviews

Karloff is the mummy!

By the way folks, don't think that this is a mummy that walks around and strangles people to death while wearing bandages (that's the sequels that follow a different mummy, Kharis). This one follows Im-Ho-Tep, a mummy who wants to resurrect his dead girlfriend. This is a good movie and I recommend it to anybody. Before anybody watches the remake, I suggest that you watch this movie and perhaps one of those with the other Mummy, Kharis, to see the similarities. Enjoy!

Scared the begeezus out of me!

Of course, by today's standards it would seem corny... some of the acting is a bit questionable, though Karoff is always superb, and the story contrived (but compared to todays unimaginative, copycat, remake and sequel successes, at least it was original). It is the quintessential, daddy of them all, mummy movies. I saw this as a young kid and of all the big monsters of the day, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, Dracula, the Creature From the Black Lagoon.... I was afraid only of the Mummy. Because of this movie.

"The Mummy"

Excellent! Hadn't seen this old gem in decades. Reminded me of my childhood watching Creature Features with my Mom and my cousin. Thw "Wolfman" is next. = - )

The Mummy (1932)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 1932

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