Double Feature: THE MUMMY (1932) + BUBBA HO-TEP
Join us on Mumm-orial Day weekend for a double feature of pharaonic proportions!
THE MUMMY (1932)
The mother — ahem "mummy" — of all mummy movies is Karl Freund's 1932 horror classic, starring monster maestro Boris Karloff in the titular role. When Egyptian mummy Im-Ho-Tep (Karloff) is accidentally revived after 3,700 years, it is revealed in a flashback that he was a high priest, embalmed alive for trying to revive his true love after she had been sacrificed. Alive again, he sets out on an obsessive and deadly quest to find his lost love. THE MUMMY remains a masterpiece not only of the genre, but of all time. (Note adapted from Universal Pictures.) DIR Karl Freund; SCR John L. Balderston, from the story by Nina Wilcox Putnam and Richard Schayer; PROD Carl Laemmle, Jr. U.S., 1932, b&w, 73 min. NOT RATED
PHANTASM director Don Coscarelli turned to his talents to the mummy genre in this larger-than-life horror caper about Elvis Presley, JFK and an ancient Egyptian mummy with murderous intentions. Let us explain. Living out his days in an east Texas nursing home, Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell) has switched identities with an Elvis impersonator before his "death" and missed his chance to switch back. When he discovers that a mummy called Bubba Ho-Tep (Bob Ivy) has been feasting on the souls of fellow nursing home residents, Elvis teams up with Jack (Ossie Davis), a fellow patient who claims to be John F. Kennedy, to fend off the malevolent force. DIR/SCR/PROD Don Coscarelli, from the story by Joe R. Lansdale; PROD Jason R. Savage. U.S., 2002, color, 92 min. RATED R
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