The Mummy
The Mummy (1932)

Brought back to life after nearly 3,700 years, Egyptian high priest Imhotep wreaks havoc upon the members of a British field exposition. While disguised as a contemporary Egyptologist, he falls in love with Zita Johann, whom he recognizes… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 22, 1932
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Relying more on mood and atmosphere than the thrills typical of modern horror fare, Universal's The Mummy sets a masterful template for mummy-themed films to follow.

TIME Magazine

Thoroughly unreasonable hocus-pocus.

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Andre Sennwald
New York Times

The photography is superior to the dialogue.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

Basically the Dracula story set in Egypt. Karloff plays a very wrinkly mummy-come-to-life who like Dracula casts his spell on a beautiful woman, who may be the reincarnation of a long-dead Egyptian princess. Classic horror.

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Variety Staff

The transformation of Karloff's Im-Ho-Tep from a clay-like figure in a coffin to a living thing is the highlight.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A sombre and atmospheric depiction of eternal passion and occult reincarnation.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A Dracula rip-off that is, in fact, considerably better than Dracula in almost every regard.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The drama may be clumsy, but Freund's lighting is a wonder.

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Sarah Boslaugh

Karloff delivers perhaps his finest acting performance in The Mummy, creating a sympathetic and distinctively human character...

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio 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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
With a marvelous make-up and cinematography, Freund displays a firm grasp for his first movie (also in the flawless use of music and silence), but the plot… More
Cindy I
Not quite as scary and eerie (after the opening scenes) as many of the Universal horror films, but a fun movie nonetheless. Favorite part is early on when the… More
Melvin White
Imhotep: You will not remember what I show you now, and yet I shall awaken memories of love... and crime... and death...† "It comes to life!" The… More
Alex roy
1932's The Mummy is the film of which all subsequent Mummy films have been judged upon. But there can only be one. Boris Karloff's legendary role is… More
Spencer S.
Yet another monster movie from Universal Studios, this film is not quite as large as life as many of its predecessors, including the preceding film of star… More
Kevin M. Williams
No modern CGI f/x, no stunts, no explosions or gunfights, no car chases, and the first is still the best. Why? Because it's more a forlorn and moody poem… More

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