The Mummy & The Invisible Man
April 12, 2013
The Universal Classic Monsters Collection
Karl Freund's THE MUMMY
(US, NR, 74 min, 1932)
Boris Karloff's legendary performance has become a landmark in the annals of screen history. As the mummy, Im-Ho-Tep, he is accidentally revived after 3,700 years by a team of British archaeologists. It is revealed in a flashback that he was a high priest, embalmed alive for trying to revive the vestal virgin whom he loved. Alive again, he sets out to find his lost love.
James Whale's THE INVISIBLE MAN
(US, NR, 71 min, 1933)
Starts 15 minutes after the end of The Mummy
Claude Rains delivers a remarkable performance in his screen debut as a mysterious doctor who discovers a serum that makes him invisible. Covered by bandages and dark glasses, Rains arrives at a small English village and attempts to hide his amazing discovery. But the same drug which rends him invisible slowly drives him to commit acts of unspeakable terror.
What Jim Says…
I don’t know what more to tell you about the Universal Classics Monsters Collection except that lots of people really like them and that’s why I continue programming them. More than 200 people attended last season’s Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Bride of Frankenstein. I wish I could write something clever about why they’re so popular, but everybody knows it’s because they’re awesome, like haunted shipwrecks and Great White Sharks, so anything I write just seems like I’m pretending to be smarter than I am. And there’s nothing wrong with that. If it weren’t for some legal stuff, I would probably lie and advertise every movie in this brochure as part of the Universal Classic Monsters Collection. Funny how I once believed there was no audience for these types of movies because rarely, if ever, did anyone mention them on the surveys. Guess it’s a good thing I’m here to make better choices for you, huh?
Brian Block: Criterion Pictures
Dennis Chong: Universal Pictures Repertory
Chris Chouinard: Park Circus Repertory
Eric Di Bernardo: Rialto Pictures
Susan Jenkins: Warner Brother Repertory
Christopher Lane: Sony Pictures Repertory
Judy Nicaud: Paramount Pictures Repertory
David Szulkin: Grindhouse Releasing
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