The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)
HOSTED BY DR. PAUL BEARER
None of the classic Universal monsters have had a history as meandering and confusing as the Mummy — in this case, specifically Kharis, the second and most memorable of the movie mummies. Bear down for a minute, it’s time for a short history lesson: The Mummy’s Tomb is the first of three direct sequels to 1940’s The Mummy’s Hand, which is itself not specifically a sequel to 1932’s The Mummy — it’s more like a soft reboot, if you’ll excuse the anachronism. So since Hand retreaded so much of the ground that the 1932 original did, The Mummy’s Tomb gets freed up for more mummy action, a more serious tone, a much faster pace and, for the first time, the genius Lon Chaney Jr. under the much-improved mummy makeup. It’s also the first of the Mummy quintology set in the US, with the desiccated Kharis and his followers pursuing Steve Banning (Dick Foran) and his expedition to Massachusetts in a bid to exterminate them and each of their entire bloodlines. That’s kind of the Mummy’s whole thing. It’s a rip-roaring flick even now, and stands apart from other big-studio horror movies of the ‘40s in pure entertainment quotient per minute.
It also happens to be the very first film that the original Dr. Paul Bearer featured on WTOG’s Creature Feature in 1973, which is precisely why we decided to show it – wrapped in its original Creature Feature silliness and bad puns – hosted by Tampa’s own Dr. Paul Bearer. Dr. Paul’s hearse will be outside before the screening, and the gallant ghoul himself will do a meet & greet in the lobby afterward. We’ll be lurking for you!
A Nightmare on Franklin Street 2019 is presented by Voodoo Ranger and J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. Promotional consideration is provided by Spooky Empire and WEDU PBS.