The Mummy is much better than I remember. Boris Karloff's performance (even through the makeup) was spectacular and Zita Johann was mesmerizing. While I wasn't nuts about how the flashback was presented, the set design and make-up were pretty great, even by today's standards. Not my favorite of the Universal Monsters but I'm starting to feel I didn't give this movie a fair shake.
A rare case where the remake serves the story in a better way. The opening scene is great but the rest is a little bit boring, except some great shots (that still). Like Whale's Frankenstein, another Karloff iconic part, the movie fails to bring thrills and fascination to the audience, as seen with our modern eyes, though we have to bear in mind that it's been made in 1932, in the first years of the talking cinema.
Beautifully directed by METROPOLIS cinematographer Karl Freund, though it's a shame the movie can't really top itself after the truly haunting opening scene, though Karloff's gaze is iconic, just look at that still.
Classic Universal horror film may well be a little creaky some eight and a half decades later but its' iconic turn by Karloff will never grow old. Great cinematographer Karl Freund's debut as a director lacked the visual flourish he showed under other directors but had great atmosphere throughout. Those eyes!
Karloff's makeup artist and his own performance are what make this film. Its a fine late night watch for people who like old movies like this but not as fine as the best Universal monster films by Whale and Browning.
Just an excellent horror and my fav of the Universal horrors, with Invisible Man right there at no 2. I flip flop on what is my fav, but having recently watched this one again, it has reclaimed the top spot. Karloff is excellent, the mummy makeup legendary and ahead of its time, and Freund brings his Expressionist ways to the film adding an even creepier undertone. No real weak spots here. Essential for horror fans
My favorite of the early Universal canon. Intoxicating and atmospheric, featuring an all too human monster and a story of romantic obsession turned sour, this is a far more engaging piece of work than Browning's Dracula or Whale's first Frankenstein film.