The mummy, the 80th anniversarry

the original 1932 poster

the original 1932 poster

December the 22nd, 1932 and a new face of horror hits the big screen. Universal Pictures releases one of its monster masterpieces with the release of “the Mummy” Boris Karloff plays Imhotep, a mummified Egyptian who is accidentally resurrected in the early 1930’s by a group of archeologists. Imhotep reaps terror as he tries to resurrect his lost queen through the body of Helen Grosvenor (Zita Johann), a woman bearing a striking resemblance to the Princess. Death and unspeakable terror follow the unsuspecting humans as the Mummy attempts to raise the dead!!! The 30’s were the golden years for Universal Studios and the monsters that the studio created. Dracula, Frankenstein, and of coarse The Mummy. I love all of these films and especially anything that stars Boris Karloff. This is one creepy story and is masterfully played by the films incredible cast. The Makeup department really achieved it’s highest honors of the time with the work they did with Karloff. Tons of fun with this one. Happy 80th to Universal’s “The Mummy”.

Kaloff and Johann

Kaloff and Johann

Karloff in his mummy get up

Karloff in his mummy get up

A gorgeous close up

A gorgeous close up

the resurrected Karloff

the resurrected Karloff

More of Karloff and Johann

More of Karloff and Johann

Zita Johann

Zita Johann








7 Responses to “The mummy, the 80th anniversarry”

  1. December 23, 2012 at 3:45 am

    There is something to be said about a make-up monster versus a CGI one. The remakes were OK but were played more for fun than terror and I guess part of that was that the CGI mummies just weren’t as scary as the “real life” ones.

    Sometimes less really is more…

    • 2 johneaves
      December 23, 2012 at 8:03 am

      So well said Barrie!!! I saw bits and pieces of the new ones and really didn’t care for them. I wonder what films from today will be thought of in 25, 50, or 80 years…. I would imagine not many!

  2. 3 evil_genius_180
    December 23, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I’ve never seen the original, but I may have to (since it’s the anniversary and all. ;)) I’m not much into horror films, so I actually like the newer version of The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. They turned them into more action adventure than horror. But, I’ll still give the original a try. 🙂

    • 4 johneaves
      December 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Yeah it’s a lot of fun!!!!.. when you watch it you’ll say hey I know this story!!!! only because everyone has borrowed from this movie, HAAA!

      • 5 evil_genius_180
        December 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm

        Yeah, it’s actually one of those movies I’ve been meaning to watch for years, probably since I saw the first remake film. However, I just haven’t done it yet. I guess it’s time. 😉

  3. December 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I still need to see this one! Yay! It’s available on Netflix! I love the original monster movies like these. There was just something wonderful about the quality of filmaking back then.

    Now, for a good laugh, Abbott and Costello Meet the Muhhh…meet the Muhhh…hhhhh….Abbott!!

  4. 7 Richard Knapp
    December 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Hi John:
    Just saw this one for the 1st time in its entirety about a month ago – great film! Thank you for posting!

    I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

    Take care,

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