Top critical review
Average and wooden but Karloff and Zita keep us watching!
on 3 October 2016
This is a movie that horror fans are supposed to like, especially of course if you love the old black and white classics which I do. I also rank Boris Karloff as the greatest horror icon/actor that lived. But you should never be forced into thinking that a movie HAS to be good just because all of the great elements are included. The Mummy is decent but really and honestly is nothing special and is actually rather quite a job to get through- and most damningly we are only talking about 70 minutes.
Karloff is good as the mummy, but he's probably had 20 better roles. He spends almost the whole film not as the mummy, and it would have been better had he had the make up constantly on.
The direction is pretty abysmal and the dialogue and the way the scenes are acted out are stagy and quite frankly lethargic. Again this is 1932 and so many movies were still adapting to how to film with sound a completely different medium. For the most part the acting is wooden. What does keep one glued to the film is the actress Zita Johann, beautiful face and those eyes...!
Good atmosphere in places, but like the original Dracula, we end up being left with an average movie rather than the classic that most hail these to be.