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After an archaeological expedition disturbs an ancient tomb, a centuries-old Egyptian priest returns to life to reunite with the incarnation of the princess whom the gods forbade him to love. This classic early sound horror-romance offers prime Boris Karloff and inspired a second onslaught of mummy pictures in the 1940s.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Thoroughly unreasonable hocus-pocus."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The photography is superior to the dialogue."
‑ Andre Sennwald, New York Times
"Master photographer Karl Freund directs without shock tactics -- apart from the burying alive scene -- but with images of death and decay worthy of Edgar Allan Poe."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"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
"The flashbacks are particularly terrifying."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"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
"A sombre and atmospheric depiction of eternal passion and occult reincarnation."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"This vintage classic is more funny than scary."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
""It's alive! It's alive!""
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The film lacks the usual number of chills and thrills that one would expect from a 'horror' film, but this one draws you in with its mood instead."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The drama may be clumsy, but Freund's lighting is a wonder."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A Dracula rip-off that is, in fact, considerably better than Dracula in almost every regard."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Dated, but interesting if only to see the origin of the many Egyptian films that were to follow it."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"More atmospheric than terrifying"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Universal pulls another moody horror classic out of its hat."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
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