Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The faces of The Mummy

Stories of The Mummy have become increasingly popular since the 1827 novel The Mummy! or The Mummy, or A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century by Jane C. Loudon (which I luckily managed to dig from the depths of a library while writing a thesis), published shortly after Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. But The Mummy tales, unlike Frankenstein, knew their greatest incarnations while on film. For the below, I've decided to drop the voices as most never speak or only have a line or two.

William Bayle Bernard played The Mummy on stage in 1833.

Boris Karloff  starred as The Mummy Imhotep/Ardath Bey in the 1932 film The Mummy.

Tom Tyler played The Mummy in the 1940 film The Mummy's Hand.

Lon Chaney, Jr. played The Mummy in the 1942 film The Mummy's Tomb.

Lon Chaney, Jr. played The Mummy in the 1944 film The Mummy's Ghost.

Lon Chaney, Jr. played The Mummy in the 1944 film The Mummy's Curse.

Eddie Parker played The Mummy in the 1955 film Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy.

Christopher Lee starred as The Mummy Kharis in the 1959 film The Mummy.

Dickie Owen played The Mummy Ra-Antef in the 1964 film The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb.

Eddie Powell played The Mummy Prem in the 1966 film The Mummy's Shroud.

Of mention is the Shadi Abdel Salam directed 1969 Egyptian movie known in Arabic as المومياء Al-Mūmīa' (The Mummy) or The Night of Counting the Years, which doesn't star a 'living' Mummy but focuses on the mummy trade and stolen Egyptian antiquities. The film is such a classic it should be mentioned in a list of mummy movies.

Valerie Leon played the Mummy Queen Tera and her reincarnation Margaret Fuchs in the 1971 film Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (based on Bram Stoker's 1903 novel The Jewel of Seven Stars).

The Filmation's 1986 Ghostbusters animation features an overweight villain mummy named Airhead.

Roger W. Morrissey played The Mummy in the 1998 film Tale of the Mummy.

Arnold Vosloo played The Mummy in the 1999 movie The Mummy.

Arnold Vosloo played The Mummy in the 2001 movie The Mummy Returns.

Jet Li plays the Emperor Han in the 2008 film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

From 2001–2003 WB ran the series The Mummy: The Animated Series.

In May 2001 Chaos! Comics started a series called The Mummy: Valley of the Gods which was later discontinued.

In 2008 IDW Publishing printed the comic series The Mummy: the Rise and Fall of Xango's Ax.

The Sony Pictures animated 2012 film Hotel Transylvania features an overweight mummy called Murray.

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