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The Mummy franchise is any one of three different series of adventure films about an ancient Egyptian priest accidentally resurrected, who brings with him a powerful curse, and the efforts of heroic archeologists to stop him.


Universal Horror Films

The original series of six installments, starring iconic horror actors Boris Karloff in the original and Lon Chaney Jr., produced for Universal Studios in from 1932 to 1955

  • The Mummy, 1932. The movie features the story of an ancient Egyptian priest mummy called Imhotep (Karloff), who is resurrected in the present day.
  • The Mummy's Hand, 1940. Not a direct sequel to the 1932 film, only the resurrected mummy theme is the same. This film features Kharis (played by Tom Tyler), another Egyptian priest turned living dead mummy. Some flashbacks, using scenes from the original film, feature Karloff.
  • The Mummy's Tomb, 1942. Direct sequel to the 1940 film. Tom Tyler is replaced by Lon Chaney, Jr. in this and the next two films. Tyler, however, still plays Kharis in flashbacks to Ancient Egypt.
  • The Mummy's Ghost, 1944. Direct sequel to the 1942 film
  • The Mummy's Curse, 1944. Direct sequel to the first 1944 film
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy, 1955. Indirect sequel/spoof of the first five films. According to the Universal Horror tie-in novel Return of the Wolf Man, Klaris, the mummy in this film, was a cousin of Kharis, the mummy from the previous four films.

Hammer Horror Films

In 1959 the British Hammer Film Productions began its own Mummy series.

New Mummy Series (1999-2010)

Originally a proposed remake of The Mummy would have been directed by horror filmmaker/writer Clive Barker. Barker’s vision for the film was violent, with the story revolving around the head of a contemporary art museum who turns out to be a cultist trying to reanimate mummies.[1][2] Barker's take was "dark, sexual and filled with mysticism",[3] and that, "it would have been a great low-budget movie".[1]

In 1999, Stephen Sommers wrote and directed a remake of The Mummy, loosely based on the original film of 1932. This film switches genres from the emphasis on horror to adventure, concentrating more on action sequences and effects, and a higher element of Egyptian lore. The film became a box office success spawning two sequels and a up coming third, a spin-off series, and an animated television series.

  • The Mummy, 1999. Set in 1925, the movie features the story of Richard “Rick” O'Connell, who discovers the city of Hamunaptra, where the mummified corpse of Egyptian priest Imhotep resides. O'Connell returns three years later contracted by librarian Evelyn Carnahan, who accidentally revives the mummy. This film was considered the darkest of the series[citation needed].
  • The Mummy Returns, 2001. Set in 1933, the movie continues the adventures of Rick O'Connell and his wife Evie, against the newly resurrected Imhotep.
The Mummy: The Animated Series. Produced for Universal Animation Studios to capitalize the success of the first two Sommers movies. It lasted two seasons, from 2001 to 2003, with a low budget.
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, 2008. Set in 1946, the movie continues the adventures of Rick O'Connell, his wife Evie, and his son Alex against the Dragon Emperor (Jet Li). This film was considered to be lighter than the previous films.


  • The Scorpion King (2002). A spin-off/prequel to The Mummy Returns, it follows the story of Mathayus the Scorpion King, the character who was featured in The Mummy Returns. The events of The Scorpion King take place 5,000 years before the events in The Mummy Returns, and shows Mathayus' origins and how he rose to power as the Scorpion King.[citation needed]
  • The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior (2008). A prequel to The Scorpion King, it follows the story of Mathayus before he became a mercenary.[citation needed]

The Mummy Rise of the Aztec(2010)

Tomb of the Dragon Emperor actress Maria Bello stated that another Mummy film will "absolutely" be made, and that she has already signed on.[4] Actor Luke Ford is signed on for three more films.[5] At the end of the third film, there was a hint that mummies were found in Peru.

Cast and characters

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Character Film
The Mummy The Mummy Returns The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor The Scorpion King The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior
Rick O'Connell Brendan Fraser    
Evelyn Carnahan-O'Connell Rachel Weisz Maria Bello    
Jonathan Carnahan John Hannah    
Imhotep Arnold Vosloo      
Anck-su-namun Patricia Velásquez      
Ardeth Bay Oded Fehr      
Alex O'Connell   Freddie Boath Luke Ford    
Mathayus   Dwayne Johnson   Dwayne Johnson Michael Copon
Emperor Han     Jet Li    
Memnon       Steven Brand  

Other media

The entrance to Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Hollywood

Two video game adaptations of The Mummy (1999) were published in 2000: an action-adventure game for the PlayStation and PC,[6] as well as a Game Boy Color puzzle game.[7] Mummy Returns and Tomb of the Dragon Emperor were also made into games.

The film also inspired a roller coaster, Revenge of the Mummy in Universal Studios Theme Parks, Florida.[8] Another is in Hollywood.[9]


  1. ^ a b Slotek, Jim (May 2, 1999). "Unwrapping The Mummy". Toronto Sun. 
  2. ^ The Mummy That Wasn't", Cinescape (May 3, 1999).
  3. ^ Hobson, Louis B (May 1, 1999). "Universal rolls out new, improved Mummy", Calgary Sun.
  4. ^ Shawn Adler (2008-03-10). "'Mummy 3' Star Maria Bello Talks About Taking Over For Rachel Weisz, Fighting An Invisible Baddie". MTV. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Luke Ford Signed For Three 'Mummy' Films". Bloody-Disgusting. 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  6. ^ "The Mummy (PSX)". IGN. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  7. ^ "The Mummy (GBC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  8. ^ Universal Studios Hollywood - Revenge of the Mummy - the Ride
  9. ^ Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride at Universal Orlando Resort

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