With the horror genre once again flourishing for Universal Studios, the company decided to put out a new string of Mummy movies. These aren't a direct sequel to The Mummy from 1931. Instead, this set of movies follows a different mummy, named Kharis (played in this film by Tom Tyler).
|Tom Tyler as Kharis, the mummy|
|Andoheb (played by George Zucco)|
|Kharis before becoming a mummy|
|Wallace Ford, Peggy Moran, and Dick Foran|
During the expedition, the group stumbles on the tomb of Kharis, where they also find the tana leaves that have been keeping the mummy alive, although that secret hasn't been revealed. During the night, Dr. Petrie is met in the tomb by Andoheb, who reveals to Dr. Petrie that Kharis is still alive. It is then that Andoheb brews 9 tana leaves, so Kharis can awake and murder Dr. Petrie. It isn't long before Kharis begins attacking the other members at the camp, and the commotion ends with Kharis kidnapping Marta.
|About to sacrifice Marta|
Banning and Jensen manage to follow Kharis through a secret tunnel to the temple of Karnak from the beginning of the film. There, Andoheb plans to use the tana liquid to make both him and Marta immortal so they can spend eternity together. Jensen arrives and shoots Andoheb, preventing his plan from unfolding. Kharis arrives on the seen, and after Marta reveals the way that Kharis has been kept alive, Kharis is prevented from drinking anymore of the tana liquid. Kharis is set on fire and the day is saved. The Americans return to the United States with the mummy of Princess Ananka.
|An early Universal B-Movie. Low budget, still a classic.|
This film was the true beginning of the Universal B-movies. For those of you that don't know, B-movies are films made on a rather low-budget in a relatively short period of time. Usually, these films recycle stock footage from previous films, and these films also usually feature obscure actors/actresses or use a single person's star power (one such example is the way Bela Lugosi was used by director Ed Wood to promote his films) in a number of films. This film has a mix of laughs, thrills, and a decent storyline for a B-movie. Moving forward, we'll take a look at the Kharis mummy films featuring Lon Chaney Jr. as the mummy (3 movies, to be exact). Overall though, this movie was pretty well made for what it is. I enjoyed watching it, and I'm pretty sure you will, too.
I give it 4 tana leaves out of 5.