The Mummy + House Of Frankenstein

The Mummy – 5:00pm
“How can you call one of Universal’s most famous movie monsters a ‘B-side’?”, you ask. It’s true: this film not only spawned an entire slew of sequels, but also a run of Hammer knock-offs, and the millennial blockbusters bearing its name as well — but everything you remember about the The Mummy’s grim, zombie-like terrorizing originates from Universal’s 1940 loose remake The Mummy’s Hand. 1932’s The Mummy, starring Boris Karloff in what’s arguably the second greatest role of his film career next to Frankenstein’s Monster, is decidedly different from any later Mummy incarnation, remaining forever ripe for rediscovery. Filled with unforgettable imagery and a startling sense of dread rarely matched even in modern horror, this Mummy finds Karloff’s Imhotep resurrected in the famous rags ‘n tatters only in the opening sequence, and from there on has him disguised himself as a modern Egyptian dude in utterly creepy quasi-human form, out to murder a young woman whom he attempts to then resurrect, so that she might be his undead bride! Directed by Karl Freund (cinematographer for such filmmakers as Murnau and Lang), this impeccable experience is the best way possible to kick off our B-Sides series.
The Mummy Dir. Karl Freund, 1932, 35mm, 73 min.

House of Frankenstein – 6:30pm
They don’t get any more whizz-bang than this. House of Frankenstein gives you Boris Karloff as a murderous mad scientist, a murderous hunchbacked henchman, John Carradine as Count Dracula (who only shows up for ten minutes ‘n change in the middle of the film before going bye-bye), a dynamic duo of Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolf Man and a Frankenstein’s Monster who’ve both been thawed out Iceman-style, a fiery gypsy girl, and even a drowning in quicksand — all in just a hair’s breadth over an hour’s running time. WOW!!!! Made at the tail end of the “monster rally” craze (wherein Universal would increasingly cram as many of its trademark filmic horror properties as possible into a single picture), House of Frankenstein is the apex of zany Forties studio B-movie horror fare, and one of the most giddy reasons this entire series exists.
House of Frankenstein Dir. Erle C. Kenton, 1944, 35mm, 71 min.

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Watch the trailer for “House of Frankenstein”!
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