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The Mummy ’32

Released 1932
Distributor Universal

Directed in 1932 by the brilliant Karl Freund (a year after he photographed Dracula), The Mummy remains one of the greatest horror films ever made. An appropriately cadaverous Boris Karloff plays the lovelorn title character (sporting not one but two uniquely disturbing make-ups by Jack Pierce), giving a superbly understated performance that is both malevolent and intensely romantic. Here’s more on The Mummy at Ferdy on Films.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming Nightmare Cinema.