Friday, October 10, 2014

Are You My Mummy?

   Watching a couple of the sequels to 1932's THE MUMMY, THE MUMMY'S HAND and THE MUMMY'S TOMB. Of the classic Universal Monsters, The Mummy probably fared the worst in terms of sequels. 1940's THE MUMMY'S HAND is very much a B Movie and looks more like a Movie Serial than a classic horror film. Still it's kind of fun to see Kharis the mummy stalking around and strangling people. These are the movies I remember watching as a kid, with the Tana Leaves and the sinister Egyptian Priests.
   A weird thing about actor George Zucco, who played the high priest in THE MUMMY'S HAND. For some reason Kenneth Anger, who wrote the book Hollywood Babylon, claimed that Zucco died in an insane asylum convinced that he was being hunted by H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu. In truth, Zucco died of pneumonia in an assisted living home. I've always wondered why Anger would come up with such an outre lie. Maybe one of his sources for the book fed him the story. But seriously, Cthulhu?

1 comment:

Paul R. McNamee said...

That's not the first time I've heard the veracity of Hollywood Babylon doubted. In some stories, it seems Anger documented rumors instead of investigating the truth.