an entry in OLA Scary Story Contest 2000

The Mummy
by Dana, age ten


Once upon a time there was a group of girls and their names were Dana, Laura, Nicole, Elyse and Rachel. They where good friends. They all went to ECP. One day they all went to France and they met up together they went summing, bike riding and they went to the castles of Paris. We all said it was very fun. We liked it no we loved it. Monday night we all went camping. And when we went camping Laura found the key a dead mummy just awoke so we went to the place where he was buried. And Laura, Nicole, Rachel and I found the book of the dead and while we were opening the book the mummy found us. And if you were there you could have heard a loud scream. So Laura read loudly and quickly. So we could kill him. And we killed him and he's dead. So we all got on an airplane and left. But we still had a sleep over. We had very good faith and still do. When we got home and tucked in, suddenly, we all heard the door open. THE END!

The Mummy is a return to the classic swashbuckler. Action, adventure, humor and a happy ending.

Brendan Fraser stars as Rick O'Connell, an American whose troop met death at the fabled Egyptian city of Hamunaptra, where it is said that the wealth of the pharaohs was buried. He is about to be hanged for having a "very good time" when he is rescued by Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz), a librarian and Egyptology who wishes to join the Benbridge Scholars, but is denied for "lack of experience." She learns of O'Connell from her upper class twit of a brother, Jonathan (John Hannah), who is also an accomplished pickpocket, having lifted an ornate key from O'Connell while at a bar. The key held a map, which Evelyn showed to her mentor and head librarian Dr. Bey (Erick Avari), who manages to set the map on fire, burning off the location of the city. Luckily for Evelyn, O'Connell knows the way.

Things get more interesting when they get to the boat and find O'Connell's old "friend" Beni Gabor (Kevin J. O'Connor) who is leading a group of three Americans (Stephen Dunham, Corey Johnson, Tuc Watkins) and Egyptologist Dr. Chamberlin (Jonathan Hyde). Also, warden Gad Hassan (Omid Djalili) arrives to protect his 25%, which Evelyn had promised for O'Connell's release. There follows trouble when the boat is burned in an attempt by a mysterious group to steal the key, then a race to the city, then a race to the chamber. And that's when the action really heats up as our heroes find the mummy, Im-Ho-Tep (Arnold Vosloo), and their rivals find the Book of the Dead and the canopic jars of Im-Ho-Tep's mummified lover, Anck-Su-Namun (Patricia Velasquez), who had been their pharaoh's wife and was his death.

With the mummy after the Americans and Egyptologist for their organs and the jars and the mysterious group led by Ardeth Bay (Oded Fehr) charging them and our heroes with the eventual destruction of everything, Evelyn refuses to leave, having decided that since she was responsible for his release, she must now find a way to put him back. She finds that task more difficult as Im-Ho-Tep kidnaps her to use as the sacrifice to bring Anck-Su-Namun back from the dead. O'Connell, Jonathan and Bay enlist the aid and airplane of Captain Winston Havlock (Bernard Fox) to get back to the city of Hamunaptra. More adventure and many scarabs follow.

Helen: "Do you have to open graves to find girls to fall in love with?"

DID YOU KNOW...? That the popular action movie starring Brendan Fraser and a bunch of computer effects was actually based on a much OLDER movie that is ill-regarded by modern film audiences primarily because it does NOT feature Brendan Fraser and a bunch of computer effects? IT'S TRUE!

"The Mummy" was originally a horror movie -- with a big fat dollop of romance movie -- from all the way back in 1932. It was directed by Karl Freund and written by Nina Wilcox Putnam and Richard Schayer. The makeup was designed by movie makeup pioneer Jack Pierce. It starred Boris Karloff as Imhotep, Zita Johann as Helen Grosvenor, David Manners as Frank Whemple, and Arthur Byron as Sir Joseph Whemple.

The movie is set in Egypt (surprise, surprise), where an archeological expedition discovers the mummy of Imhotep, who was buried alive for sacrilege. They also find the Scroll of Thoth, which is said to have powers to return the dead to life. A young member of the expedition reads the scroll, and the moldy old Imhotep is able to shamble out into the world... Ten years later, the mummy, now disguised as Egyptian museum curator Ardeth Bey, kidnaps a beautiful expedition member -- he believes that she is the reincarnation of his ancient lost love, and he'll do anything to have her back...

Research from the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com) and from actually watching the damn thing.

"Old movies? Why should we watch old movies? There's not any morphing, is there?" Bah...

Reasons why the 1932 production of The Mummy kicks serious ass:

  • Its star was billed as "Karloff the Uncanny".
  • Hours were spent devising realistic mummy makeup, hours were spent applying it to Karloff, he was forced to shamble around in it under hot studio lights...yet the audience never sees it in its entirety. In an era where directors can't wait to wave their expensive special-effects toys in your face, such restraint in the service of creepiness is a miracle to behold.
  • It contains the second-scariest laugh in movie history, when an archaeologist is driven mad at the sight of the resurrected Karloff. (The scariest laugh of course belongs to Dwight Frye as Renfield in Dracula.)
  • Karloff's deep-set eyes, burning like live coals in his gaunt, leathery face as he telepathically murders his enemies.
  • Director Karl Freund. He worked as a cameraman for F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu), Fritz Lang (Metropolis), and Tod Browning (Dracula) before his directorial debut here, and you can't ask for a better pedigree than that in the world of 1930s cinematic horror.
  • Karloff just being Karloff. He radiates lethal menace in every scene, like a cobra ready to strike. You can't take your eyes off the man.
  • The next time someone puts his mitts on you uninvited, think, What Would Imhotep Do? Then fix them with an subzero stare and say, "I prefer not to be touched."

Carl Laemmle

presents

KARLOFF

THE UNCANNY in

the MUMMY

Joseph: {translating inscription on box} "Death... eternal punishment... for... anyone... who... opens... this... casket. In the name... of Amon-Ra... the king of gods." Good heavens, what a terrible curse!

Ralph: {eagerly} Well, let's see what's inside!

The Mummy is a 1932 movie that played to the popular appeal of Egyptology and the success of other monster themed pictures of the time. Considered one of the classic Universal Pictures monster movies (together with Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Invisible Man, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon), The Mummy features Boris Karloff in the role of Ardath Bey, secretly the resurrected mummy of an Egyptian priest named Imhotep, who attempts to use the Scroll of Thoth to revive the Princess he loved 3000 years earlier by murdering a modern-day look-alike. The Princess is played by Zita Johann, who also plays the modern-day look-alike Helen Grosvenor. The leads are rounded out by David Manners (of Dracula fame) as Frank Whemple, the son of the archaeologist Sir Joseph Whemple (played by Arthur Byron), who originally discovers Imhotep in the Valley of the Kings.



Frank: Oh, I know it seems absurd when we've known each other such a short time. But I'm serious.

Helen: Don't you think I've had enough excitement for one evening, without the additional thrill of a strange man making love to me?

Universal Studios benefited from the success of previous monster features in its release of The Mummy. The year before Karloff had portrayed the Monster in Frankenstein, and Manners, in an early boost to his career, played Jonathan Harker in Dracula. Edward Van Sloan had actually worked in both Dracula and Frankenstein before playing in The Mummy. Zita Johann, unlike the male leads, was not a prominent Hollywood actress but instead had worked mostly in stage productions. Chosen for her unique look (she claimed she only agreed to do the movie to fulfill her obligation to the studio for one more picture), Johann clashed with director Karl Freund and accused him of trying to pressure her into posing naked for him.

When selecting material for another monster movie, Carl Laemmle, Jr. chose an Egyptian mummy based on the continued interest stemming from Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb a decade earlier. The growing interest in the idea of a "curse" attached to the expedition was largely fueled by media sensation (despite being repeatedly disabused by scholars). Regardless, the movie proved another success for Universal. The Mummy was shot ahead of schedule and under budget, thanks to Freund's pre-union demands on cast and crew, but the duress under which he worked would later lead Karloff to be active in the Screen Actors Guild fight for better working conditions.

Unlike other Universal Pictures monster classics, The Mummy spawned no direct sequels. Eight years after its release, the story was reworked as The Mummy's Hand and this version produced several sequels. In another break from its siblings, The Mummy features very little footage of the monster itself. Where Frankenstein's Monster or Dracula or The Creature all had significant screen time, Karloff only appears in one scene as the bandaged Mummy. For these few moments of screen time, Karloff would sit through a full day of makeup preparation and then begin filming into the evening. Horror makeup icon Jack Pierce used 150 feet of bandages as part of the Mummy design.




Directed by Karl Freund
Produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr.
Written by John L. Balderston (screenplay), based on work by Nina Wilcox Putnam & Richard Schayer

Boris Karloff as Ardath Bey and Imhotep
Zita Johann as Helen Grosvenor and Princess Ankh-es-en-Amon
David Manners as Frank Whemple
Arthur Byron as Sir Joseph Whemple
Edward Van Sloan as Dr. Muller

Released December 22, 1932





References:

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Mummy_%281932_film%29, retrieved 9/18/2013.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023245/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast retrieved 9/18/2013.
http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article.html?isPreview=&id=499693|18613&name=The-Mummy retrieved 9/18/2013.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mummy_%281932_film%29 retrieved 9/18/2013.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Pierce_%28makeup_artist%29 retrieved 9/30/2013.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Karloff retrieved 9/30/2013.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse_of_the_Pharaohs retrieved 9/30/2013.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Van_Sloan retrieved 9/30/2013.

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