**** out of 5
The original mummy movie. Karloff is pretty great in this, easily the best of the classic series; the only film in which the character really is more than a lumbering, groaning shadow of terror. In this, he is a much more fully realized character than in any of the films that follow. He is powerful, imposing, manipulative, and cunning. Also there is the sense of tragedy and longing in him that makes this much more interesting than any of the sequels.