By Daniel Evans
Osiris was a trendsetter. The God of the dead, after having his body parts unfortunately scattered to the four corners of the earth (happens to the best of us) was put back together by his long suffering wife Isis, who, after wrapping him in the finest of linen and without the need for a gigantic storm and a room full of Kenny Strickfaden machinery (see Frankenstein 1931), resurrected him. Born was the mummy.
1911, the Thanhouser Company produced one of the first mummy movies (now lost), although earlier films to carry the theme were made in 1899 (a reawakened Cleopatra, smoking bra included) and 1909. It does away with Isis’s magic and the more modern method of electricity would spark life into the corpse (maybe that Kenny Strickfaden machinery would come in handy after all). It all ends with the mummy getting wed and, I assume, shuffling off creakily into the sunset where eternal happiness awaits.
The mummy became a franchise, as did all the other movie monsters, after their treatment by Universal, but it has always been considered the baby brother, between the two titans of horror cinema, Dracula and Frankenstein. Its monster, in the sequels, a slow moving mute, that looks like one good gust of desert wind would blow him away. It’s an endearing image, and one that in various reboots has been flipped and twisted to fit modern tastes. Not necessarily for the better.
The following is a list, ranked worst to best, of all the major contributions to cinema this fascinating ancient monster has made, from the Universal series to the Hammer productions and beyond. So wrap (uh hum) yourself up warm (not too tight) and to paraphrase the words of Imhotep himself “You will not remember what I show you now, and yet I shall awaken memories → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema