Mummies have a history, a blurred part of lost empires, angry at the current world, frantically yearning for the times of their past glories and lost loves. Mummy films proved that mummies can be freaking scary and terrifying creatures from the past. Lets have a look at the 15 best mummy movies of all time:
15. The Mummy’s Shroud (1967)
This R-rated horror film is the story of an archaeologist’s team who finds the tomb of an antiquated Egyptian prince.
Returning home with their disclosure, the team members end up being executed by a mummy, which gets revived by reciting the spell found on the prince’s burial shroud.
14. The Mummy and the Curse of the Jackals (1969)
This was an extremely low budget American flick released in 1969 and was directed by Oliver Drake. Super 8 cameras were used for the shooting of the film along with sub par costumes and make up. It’s often been referred to as so bad that its actually good.
The plot of the movie revolves around David, an archaeologist, who transforms into a werewolf due to an Egyptian Princess’s body that carries a curse. It also awakens the mummies of the princess and her boyfriend which leads to huge chaos.
13. Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy (1964)
This 1964 Mexican movie was directed by René Cardona and was a very strange blend of genres. The film begins with some baddies (head of the Black Dragons) who tries to get the last clues to discover the whereabouts of an Aztec Treasure.
Later, after lots of fillers consisting of wrestling matches, the good guys are able to discover the treasure but accidentally unleash a nasty mummy who turns up to be a vampire.
12. The Mummy’s Curse (1944)
Directed by Leslie Goodwins and released in the year 1944, it was a fifth and the last movie of the Universal’s Mummy series and the third to star Lon Chaney as Kharis. This movie was a blast and most noteworthy among all Mummy sequels.
The most interesting and the most dramatic sequence in the film is when the princess awakens in the swamp due to the sunlight and slowly rises to her feet, totally covered with mud and staggers to town. The Mummy’s Curse is a rather routine but certainly enjoyable movie in the series.
11. Voodoo Black Exorcist (1974)
This Manuel Caño’s directed Spanish movie named Vudú Sangriento was released with the English version (dubbed version) in 1974. This slow and dull horror movie is the borrower of the numerous mummy genre movies.
A long time ago a voodoo priest having an affair with a married woman kills her husband in a fight. The woman is beheaded and the priest is put into a wooden coffin and buried.
Later, the coffin is dug up and placed on a cruise ship. The undead priest begins to search for his reborn love. At the same time, he’s chopping off the heads of some of the cruise passengers.
10. The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)
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This film was released in 1964 and was directed by Michael Carreras. The movie has some great camera work and was highly imaginative. The first half of the movie is a bit slow but the second half of the film is quite lively and interesting.
The plot of the movie focuses on an archaeological team that exposes the lost tomb of a dead Egyptian Prince. The Mummy is re-animated and begins to pick off those people who opened his tomb. It’s a horror-thriller motion picture which comes with a great twist.
9. The Ghoul (1933)
This T. Hayes Hunter’s directed movie is superb and the photography is astounding, especially the London fog scenes and the interior sets. The acting is superb, particularly Ralph Richardson as the Vicar and of course Boris himself. Surprisingly the movie has an impressive background score that is refreshing even to this day.
The story goes around Boris Karloff, a crazy old guy, who worships the Egyptian god, Anubis. He swears on his death bed that if anyone steals a sacred jewel from his Anubis statue he will return from the dead for revenge. Several greedy people come along and try to steal the jewel to incur the wrath of the Boris.
8. Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971)
The Egyptian theme is used very well in this film. Valerie Leon played a double role as the mummy of Queen Tera and Margaret Fuchs.
The movie is slow but fantastic and follows the coffin of a gorgeous Egyptian Queen that has been brought back to London by the archaeological team. She is known for her mystical powers. Her soul returns as a young lady and bizarre things begin to happen.