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Doris V. Sutherland

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325956

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325956.001.0001

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Horror and Fantasy in The Mummy

Horror and Fantasy in The Mummy

(p.73) Chapter 5. Horror and Fantasy in The Mummy
The Mummy

Doris V. Sutherland

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the horror and fantasy in The Mummy (1932). Universal Pictures' treatments of the vampire and werewolf themes had specific bodies of folklore to draw upon for inspiration, but as The Mummy featured what was for all intents and purposes a new variety of monster, the studio had a blank slate. The film not only introduced audiences to the living mummy Imhotep but also transported them to an entire world of gods, magic, and curses. As well as taking inspiration from weird fiction and popular Egyptology, The Mummy frequently uses contemporary horror films as reference points, synthesising both old and new to create the latest movie monster. In doing so, it established most of the conventions that would be re-used in later mummy films.

Keywords:   horror, fantasy, The Mummy, Universal Pictures, living mummy, Egyptology, contemporary horror films, movie monster, mummy films

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