This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies present a surreal threat. How many have you seen?
Tension under wraps!
The Mummy shares a strong bond with Dracula. Like this other sinister Universal Monster classic, released one year prior, it describes the evils of a passive antagonist. Frankenstein's monster was also from the afterlife, but was more a brute than a magician. 1932’s The Mummy falls right in the middle. It is a layered character; summoned by a scroll and kept alive by a curse.
As a scary movie, the reason this film doesn't hold up to its two main Gothic cousins is that it makes its monster a politician. It’s a concept hard to grasp on paper and implausible on screen. This film either uses too much filler or is trying to tell two stories at once: a drama and a horror film. As a result, it is convoluted and therefore hard to keep up with.
The first act is captivating but, from then on, the story crumbles. It could've been the Universal monster with the most poignant and innovative plot, yet it falls flat for most of its length. The sets and photography manage to redeem an oddly marketed movie that never fully assumes its different subplots. They include museum chambers, palaces and pyramid interiors built with depth and detail.