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Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners
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Directed by: Karl Freund
Written by: John Balderston, based on a storuy by Nina Wilcox Putnam and Richard Schayer

Released: 1932
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 72

Ancient Egyptian high priest (Boris Karloff) is revived and seeks reincarnation of former girl-friend (Zita Johann).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Classic horror film which goes for a weird atmosphere rather than shocks, and is a triumph of the cinematographer's art. Director Freund had previously photographed three great silents, Der Golem, The Last Laugh and Metropolis , and the original Dracula. Here, he collaborates effectively with cameraman Charles Stumar. Despite the film's visual strengths, modern audiences may find it slow-moving; and the performances are stiff and unconvincing. It was Karloff's first starring role.

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