The Mummy


Universal Monsters
The Mummy – Imhotep
12 Inch Scale
By: Kenner/Hasbro
$20 (price varies)

Boris Karloff is very famous for his role in the 1932 horror film, The Mummy. Most people actually associate the character of the Mummy with Karloff, although he only played the role once. In the film, his Mummy, Imhotep, appears only briefly in the iconic bandages outfit. Instead Imhotep ditches his wrappings and has a rather ghastly face and typical Egyptian garb for the rest of the film.

In 1997 Kenner began producing Universal Monster figures in a 12 inch format. By this point, Hasbro had already bought out Kenner and while these were originally produced under the Kenner name, they’re clearly Hasbro figures (they use GI Joe molds). Originally only three figures were released as a set, this figure of the Mummy, a Frankenstein and a Wolf man. What made these figures particularly special was the fact that for the first time ever, they were licensed by Lon Chaney Jr. and Boris Karloff.

In 1998 the figures were re-released, this time in single boxes. More figures were added to the lineup and in 1999, even more characters were released, before the license ended. A Bela Lugosi Dracula figure was not made, because Bela’s estate and Universal weren’t getting along at the time, presumably. Lugosi’s always had issues with Universal and Dracula. However, this figure is the first official Karloff Mummy figure in decades.
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I am a sucker for all those magazines and cooking books near the registers of stores. Many of you just pass them up, and while I head to check out, my eyes always scan to see if I want one. Here’s what’s even worse. I never make anything out of them. If I don’t already have ideas for food in my head, then I only use other recipes to inspire me. So, I probably have like a bajillion dollars worth of cook books and magazines, and have only made 4 recipes from all them. I completely understand that there might be something totally wrong with me.

But, not this time! I picked up this Halloween book specifically to make something out it. I saw that this site had Mummies on it the other day, so why not make edible Mummies!?!

And, we are. Halloweenies with Mustard Dip.

This is probably the worst name ever for a recipe. Clever play on words? Maybe. But, do I want to eat something called “Halloweenies”? Not really. I cannot imagine someone saying to me, “Hey, grab yourself one of those Halloweenies.” And, my response? “Ohhh, yeah.”

Whatever.

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In the mid 1980’s Imperial toys held an impressive number of licenses. They had rights to most of the Universal Studios monsters, Godzilla and King Kong. What’s so interesting about that, is that Imperial did not make “good” toys. Sure it was the 80’s and toy sculpts weren’t perfect, but Imperial seemed particularly behind with the times. I can only assume that the licenses for these brands weren’t particularly expensive. How else can you explain a company with such inept toys holding the keys to so many brands?


In fact all of their Universal Monsters were particularly bad and it makes you wonder why they even bothered to license these toys. Most of these guys look vaguely like what they’re supposed to, but no better than say the Mego ripoff Dracula or Frankenstein. To the untrained eye, the Imperial Mummy would likely be the WORST of the Universal Monsters in terms of likeness… But tonight in the 31 Days of Halloween we actually pay tribute to the best of the Imperial Universal Monsters… The Mummy!


The first thing you have to realize to appreciate this Imperial Mummy figure is that it’s NOT supposed to be Boris Karloff’s Imhotep. It’s not even supposed to be Lon Chaney or Tom Tyler’s Kharis from the Mummy sequels. Instead, this is supposed to be the parody Mummy, “Klaris” from the Abbott & Costello film where they meet the Mummy.


Yes he does sort of look like Super Dave Osborne or some other stuntman after a bad accident…


But that’s how Klaris looked in the film. In fact Klaris, the so called “Prince of Evil” was actually played by stuntman Edwin Parker. Parker had previously been the stunt double for Chaney in the Mummy films when the action got too hot and heavy or when Chaney was too drunk to lumber around properly. In the Abbott and Costello film, he got his chance to star as the titular monster. Once you realize who this Imperial Mummy is supposed to be, it immediately makes all the difference.
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Doctor Whosday just a little bit late. It’s been a busy week, but I vow to get these Doctor Who reviews up as close to Tuesday as possible. Today we’re taking a look at a figure that’s very similar to one we’ve already reviewed, but the single card release is a bit different.


Doctor Who Classics Wave 2
Mummy Robot
5 Inch Scale
By: Character Options
$14.99

Although they appear as Mummies, the mummified beings in Doctor Who are not traditional Mummies. Instead of being mummified remains of a human or some other creature, they are actually wire robots in a mummy-like encasing.

The Osirian Service Robots were robots that were disguised as mummies and were used by such Osirians as Sutekh and Horus. After Scarman was killed by Sutekh in his tomb, a faithful follower brought the Mummies to Priory House in England in sarcophagi. They had been confined to a locked wing of the house but had been active for sometime.

The Mummies were powered by a cytronic particle accelerator which was in the shape of a pyramid and located on the back. They took voice commands from whoever they are programmed to obey. A special ring was used to activate them or countermand their orders. They were also extremely strong, being able to man handle humans around with ease and could easily strangle someone.

The Mummies appeared in a particularly fun Tom Baker 4th Doctor adventure known as the Pyramids of Mars. The evil Sutekh wants to take over and the Doctor must stop him. Not only are the Mummies uniquely recognizable, they also put a modern twist on an old favorite. In a scene right out of Scooby-Doo, the Doctor actually poses as one of the Mummies during the episode!

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We here at Infinite Hollywood are big fans of Hammer’s Horror films, so we thought it best to mention that TCM (Turner Classic Movies) is running a HAMMER HORROR FESTIVAL all month long. Unfortunately it’s not quite as robust or as frequent as we’d like. Still, every Friday this month TCM is running four classic Hammer Horror films. Turner Classic Movies is adding seven new Hammer Horror films to their archives during this run, so it is a nice addition to their lineup.


The first week was Dracula, so the big star has already passed. Two weekends are already in the books, but the next three weekends have some decent lineups. If you’ve got a craving for horror you should stop by TCM. Here is the schedule if you’re looking for a little bit of a different take on horror films:

Friday, October 15,2010 Starting at 8:00 PM

The Mummy (1959)

Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb

The Mummy’s Shroud

Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb

Friday, October 22,2010 Starting at 8:00 PM

X the Unknown

Five Million Years to Earth

These Are the Damned

The Stranglers of Bombay

Friday, October 29,2010 Starting at 8:00 PM

The Curse of Frankenstein

The Revenge of Frankenstein

Frankenstein Created Woman

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

Obviously both the Mummy weekend and the Frankenstein weekend will be must-see TV for horror buffs. That said, it’s nice to see some lesser known Hammer Horror get in on the action, like the Stranglers of Bombay. So if you’re looking for some fresh horror films this Halloween, check out the movies on TCM from Hammer. Grab some popcorn and watch Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee entertain you with some bone chillers.