Horror Is Universal: “The Mummy” (1932)

Great article

Himrich Hall

This article, like today’s movie itself, is going to be a little…complicated. I’ve seen this movie before, and when I decided to begin this series, I knew what I wanted to talk about when I got to The Mummy. Then I actually rewatched it. And while I believe the points I originally wanted to make still stand, there’s also way more material and themes to discuss besides that. Most of it won’t be easy or pleasant, but it can’t rightfully be ignored.

But before we dive into the uncomfortable stuff, we’re going to have a little fun. I want to begin by positing to you an unusual theory. A j’accuse, if you will. It’s going to sound strange, but I believe I can convince you of its legitimacy. And it’s this:

Universal’s The Mummy from 1932 is a very early prototype for the modern vampire romance.

“But Dana!”…

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