The following reviews were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is a “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the transformation and adaptation of tangible concepts into empirical games. This book covers franchise and public domain horror movies only. This rule ensures that each movie can be logically related and compared to another or grouped by similarity. Movies can therefore be classified, and sorted according to inherent properties.
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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.