There is something about mummies, monsters and supernatural beings that have captured our attention through time.
Our civilization lingers wondering about the mystery and somehow dark beauty between the Egyptians and the mummification of their dead. The ancient Egyptians believed that when someone died, their soul left their body. The soul would then return and be reunited with the body after it was buried. However, the soul needed to be able to find and recognize the body in order to live forever.
There are endless stories and legends behind mummies, there is something creepy and endearing about it. Writers and directors have certainly made good use of the mummy plot to bring a captivating story to life.
Check out this list of the top 10 movies of The Mummy that made it all the way to Hollywood and evolved through time!
1932 The Mummy
Stranger than Dracula! More fantastic than Frankenstein! More mysterious that the Invisible Man! That was the catch line Universal Studios used to drag attention into the first time the story of The Mummy became a movie in 1932. The Mummy was directed by Karl Freund and told the story of a mummy disguised as a modern Egyptian searching for his lost love.
1940 The Mummy’s Hand
The Mummy’s legacy continued in 1940, but this movie was definitely not a sequel of the previous classis starring Boris Karloff. The Mummy’s Hand was a remake of the first film’s plot but starring Tom Tyler also known as Captain Marvel and the Phantom in early screen appearances.
Beware of the Mummy’s Hand!
1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
It was not always about horror, in 1955, The Mummy made and appearance at Bud Abbott and Lou Costello’s comedy “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy”. At this point the classic monster was no longer a symbol of mystery and terror, but was reduced to a joke.
1959 The Mummy
In 1959 The Mummy was given another serious shot, this time in the hands of Hammer Films, a British production company best known for the series including Dracula and Frankenstein, brilliantly staged low-budget horror movies they produced during the late 1950s.
The Mummy has great production values considering its tiny budget. Starring Peter Cushing as the archaeologist John Banning who disturbs the tomb of Princess Ananka and awakens her guardian Kharis, a mummified priest, who was put to death because of his forbidden love for her.
1970 Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb
Another Mummy flick produced by Hammer Film, Blood is a semi-adaptation of Bram Stoker’s The Jewel of the Seven Stars and centers on a professor who discovers the sarcophagus of an Egyptian princess. He finds her body perfectly preserved with the exception of a severed hand. The professor grabs a huge ring from the harmed hand, and later gives it to his lovely daughter, but turns out the bling is cursed, and the girl is possessed by the evil princess.
1999 The Mummy
In 1999 Universal decided it was a good idea to relaunch the classic. Their original idea was to release a low-budget movie starring Daniel Day/Lewis as The Mummy, but it ended up being an Indiana Jones-style version of the 1932 classic. The flick directed by Stephen Sommers tell the story of how American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a Mummy.
2002 Bubba Ho-Tep
Here we have a Mummy flick that certainly breaks all the trends, including its appearance at Abbott and Costello’s comedy, you may have noticed that the mummy flick basically used similar story elements.
Bubba Ho-Tep will totally blow you mind, it tells the story about how Elvis (Bruce Campbel) fakes his death in 1970 and then fights an Ancient Egyptian mummy (Bob Ivy), who is killing his friends and nursing home.
2011 The Mummy
Universal introduces us to their Dark Universe with Tom Cruise’s The Mummy. The movie opens up a new world that will bring back to the big screen fictional creatures and monsters such as The Invisible Man, Frankenstein and much more.
The movie even introduces Dr. Henry Jekyll and his alternative personality, Mr. Edward Hyde, and leaves us wondering about a new monster to come.
The Mummy tells the story of Ahmet, an Egyptian princess who was buried alive after attempting to kill her father and seize the throne. Her tomb is rediscovered by some solders in the American Army, including Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis). The princess’ tomb is awakened once again, bringing with her a malevolent grudge that has grown over millennia and terrors that will defy all humanity.
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