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The Mummy (1932)

drama, horror, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

The legendary Boris Karloff stars as the mummy Im-Ho-Tep, a high priest who is revived by British archaeologists 3,700 years after being embalmed alive for trying to save the woman he loved.

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ON for kids age 9
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3 out of 5

This vintage classic is more funny than scary.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids will see two mummy-related deaths (a museum guard dies of shock off-camera; an archaeologist succumbs to mumbo jumbo). A few Egyptian slaves are run through with spears. Sensitive kids may find a living mummy mildly distressing -- and be disturbed by the Egyptian king who is mummified and entombed alive.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why this movie is so funny. Did the movie makers intend to be funny?
  • Why do you think a movie that terrified people in the 1930s doesn't scare you? Did the monster seem terrifying or realistic?
  • How have horror and monster movies changed since this one was filmed? Are the changes for the better, the worse, or neutral?
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: "It's alive! It's alive!"

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

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

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Wednesday, September 19, 2007


- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

karloff was absolutely perfect for this film, and it is still frightening 80 years later. the art direction is excellent and the costumes work perfectly to transport the viewer into a different world. knowing that the remakes of late have been in the adventure vein, i would love to see another horror version of this story for todays audience. a great classic.

- sanjurosamurai, Monday, November 15, 2010

3 stars

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 young archeologist sees Imhotep come alive and walk away with the scroll. One of the scariest sounds I've ever heard is this man's hysterical laughter after witnessing Imhotep's resurrection. Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. But afterwards, it seems to slow down. The effects aren't as good as they could be, and it gets a little dull at times. I'm not really impressed with the actress who plays the love interest either. Call this film a good try.

- webalina, Wednesday, April 4, 2012

5 stars

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 what separates this film among all the other rip offs, remakes that came after it. This film solidified Karloff's stature as one of the horror icons of old school cinema. The film is brilliant and is a must see for horror fans who want to rise above the usual fan, and experience some of the first true monster/ horror films. The film has some effective suspense, an interesting love sub plot, which adds much more emotion to the overall film; and the film has a wonderful cast starring opposite Karloff. The film is a turning point in the horror medium, and stands as a film that all other monster films are judged upon. A stunning classic that has not only effective chills, but hints of human emotion too. This is a definite classic of horror, and it is a superb film of which no remake will ever top. Karloff is a legend. The Mummy is a timeless film that has stood the test of time and if you decide to watch some classic horror films, then this film should definitely be on that list. The cast do a fine job opposite Karloff, and Karloff simply steals the show with his hypnotizing performance. One of the classic horror films ever made. This film is a must for every horror fan. A well constructed film with a well developed plot and great acting is one of the few reasons why this film is a classic. But more significantly, it is because of Boris Karloff's immortal performance as Im-Ho-Tep. One of the key films that shaped horror films forever. A must for classic film fans and horror fans alike.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, October 2, 2011