(Review originally written at 13 August 2005)

This classic horror movie is cleverly written and is carried by Karloff's frightening but yet humane performance of Imhotep/Ardath Bey.

Of course by todays standards, there is absolutely nothing scary about this movie. Still this movie has an haunting dark atmosphere that should be well appreciate by the fans of the genre.

The story is nicely written and the movie is build up very well. The directing by Karl Freund, who perhaps is better known as an Oscar winning cinematographer who worked on '30's movies such as "Dracula" and "All Quiet on the Western Front", is top-class. You can tell by looking at this movie that it was directed by a person who knew a great deal about lightning and clever camera-work. The use of silent-movie techniques and acting in the flashback scene's was a nice and original touch that also works effective.

But main reason why this movie has grown into a real true horror classic is Boris Karloff. Karloff has an amazing screen presence in this movie and he plays his character extremely well and in a creepy way. A true horror icon. Also the always excellent Edward Van Sloan is present in the movie. Once again he plays a sort of Van Helsing role, just like he previously did in the movies "Dracula" and "Frankenstein". He acts sort of like in the same way as Bela Lugosi did, using lot of hand gestures and putting lots of passion in the role.

A true horror classic that deserves to be seen by everyone.


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