Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1944. Universal Pictures Corporation. Original story and adaptation by Leon Abrams, Dwight V. Babcock, Screenplay by Bernard Schubert. Cinematography by Virgil Miller. Produced by Oliver Drake. Music by William Lava, Paul Sawtell. Production Design by John B. Goodman, Martin Obzina. Costume Design by Mal Caplan. Film Editing by Fred R. Feitshans Jr..
The last one ended with the mummy carrying his lady love into a swamp, but now a construction project in what could be the same location (except it was Massachusetts last time and it’s now Louisiana) wakes up the man of a thousand bandages while also revealing the mummified corpse of the princess (who was also a local college student, just go with it). The construction foreman is having a tough time trying to drain the swamp (actually, not figuratively) in order to improve the area but keeps running into his workers’ superstitious belief in an evil mummy roaming the grounds, his frustration not helped when their fears turn out to be well founded. Meanwhile, the reincarnated princess is now a vibrant young woman who is taken in by the construction company’s secretary and her new boyfriend, who don’t know why she keeps being drawn to someone named “Kharis” of whom she is also terrified. Universal’s Mummy movies starring Lon Chaney Jr. couldn’t provide a fully loaded plot when combined, let alone on their own, it’s mostly just silly excuses for the title character to walk slowly at terrified people, but the moody cinematography is gorgeous and the actors are at least having a great time.