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The Mummy represented Boris Karloff's second horror starring role after his "overnight" success in Frankenstein. Brought back to life after nearly 3,700 years, Egyptian high priest Imhotep wreaks havoc upon the members of the British field exposition that disturbed his tomb (shades of the King Tut curse). While disguised as a contemporary Egyptologist, he falls in love with Zita Johann, whom he recognizes as the latest incarnation of a priestess who died nearly 40 centures earlier. Spiriting Zita away to the tomb, he relates the story of how he had dared to enter her… More

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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."
‑ , 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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