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?