Fact: in order to have a successful Halloween season, you must watch the classic Universal Horror films, like this one: The Mummy. 1932. Universal Pictures. Boris Karloff. Booyah!

This is what classic horror is all about; beautiful direction, superb acting, interesting story line, and of course, fantastic special effects from the king of make up, Jack Pierce.  It really doesn't get much better than the original Universal Horror, and in the world of the undead, Boris Karloff was king!  Just watch the opening scene of the Mummy; the way Karloff slowly opens his eyes when he's resurrected, or how slowly his hand creeps into frame to steal the scroll of the undead.  This does not happen in modern horror.  No cheap thrills here, only genuine terror!

The interesting thing about the original Mummy, is that Boris Karloff is only in the Mummy makeup for the first five minutes of the film.  Even though he's only in the iconic makeup for a short period, that image of the decayed, mummified Karloff is so fantastic, that they could have ended the film five minutes into it and I would still think it's one of the greatest horror films of all time.  And let me tell you something, if you don't crap your pants when Karloff gets buried alive then something is wrong with you.

If there's one thing I learned from watching the Mummy it's this, you don't have to open graves to find girls to fall in love with.

Editor’s note: Each day in October, Ramone is picking a classic (or cheesy) horror film to review and share.



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