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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.

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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 BatchInnerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The HowlingPiranhaMatineeThe ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in ActionThe 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 SquadAmazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, IndianaCSI: NYHawaii 5-0Witches of East EndLegends of Tomorrow and Salem. His most recent big screen credit is an episode of the anthology film Nightmare Cinema. Joe is also the frequent co-host of Trailers From Hell’s official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!