Ep 1.9: The Mummy’s Ghost (1944) and The Mummy’s Curse (1944)

We bid you welcome to Universal Monsters Cast, where your horror hosts – Gillman Joel, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh – regularly brave discussions of the monstrous side of cinema, with a special focus on the Universal Monsters, both the classic films and the emerging Dark Universe.

Season 1. Episode 9. In this episode we continue with the classic Universal Monsters with Part 2 of a 3 Part series on the Universal mummy sequels. We are joined by special guest Dark Mark who helps us unwrap the second two Universal mummy sequels, The Mummy’s Curse (1944) and The Mummy’s Ghost (1944). We also have another amazing music segment from our composer and producer, Kagan Breitenbach.

SHOW NOTES

[ 00:00:00 ] I. Intro

– Welcome, Dark Mark 


[ 00:04:37 ] II. Feature Review – The Mummy’s Ghost (1944)

Ratings and Recommendations
Dark Mark: 6.5/10 ( Buy the 6-film DVD collection )
Dr. Shock: 6/10 ( Rent it )
Wolfman Josh: 5.5/10 ( Rent it / Buy the 6-film DVD collection )
Gillman Joel: 5.5/10 ( Rent it / Buy the 6-film DVD collection )

[ 00:38:10 ] III. Feature Review – The Mummy’s Curse (1944)

Ratings and Recommendations
Wolfman Josh: 5/10 ( Rent it / Buy the 6-film DVD collection )
Dr. Shock: 5/10 ( Rent it )
Dark Mark: 5/10 ( Buy the 6-film DVD collection )


[ 00:56:39 ] IV. Universal Mummy Music with Kagan Breitenbach


[ 01:07:44 ] V. Wrap up / Plugs 


LINKS FOR THIS EPISODE

—Salter / Skinner Monster Music on iTunes
—Monster / Classic Horror Film Music on iTunes
—Article about John Morgan’s Reconstructed Orchestrations of “Frank Skinner & Hans J. Salter’s Monster Music” by Bill Whitaker
—Book “I Talked with a Zombie: Interviews with 23 Veterans of Horror and Sci-Fi” by Tom Weaver (features an interview with Hans J. Salter)

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Dark Mark’s links:
Mark’s article on “Defining The Classic Universal Horror Movie Canon
Follow Mark on Letterboxd
Follow Mark on Twitter

UMC Producer and Composer Kagan Breitenbach’s links:
Check out Kagan’s music at KaganBreitenbach.com
Subscribe to Kagan’s YouTube Channel QuartetMacbre
Follow Kagan on Twitter @KRBrietenbach

Gillman Joel’s links:
Joel covers retro movies at Retro Movie Geek
Follow @RetroMovieGeek on Twitter
Join the RMG Facebook Group
Joel used to cover forgotten flix at Forgotten Flix Remembers

Wolfman Josh’s links:
Follow Josh on TwitterInstagram and Facebook @IcarusArts
Josh covers horror movies on HorrorMoviePodcast.com
Josh covers streaming online movies on MovieStreamCast.com
Follow MSC on Twitter @MovieStreamCast
Like MSC on Facebook

Dr. Shock’s links:
Dave writes daily movie reviews on DVDinfatuation.com
Follow Dave on Twitter @DVDinfatuation
Like Dave’s DVD Infatuation on Facebook
Dave podcasts about horror movies on Horror Movie Podcast and Land of the Creeps
You can read all of Dave’s “Universal Horror” written reviews (HERE) at DVDinfatuation.com

5 thoughts on “Ep 1.9: The Mummy’s Ghost (1944) and The Mummy’s Curse (1944)

  1. Huge thanks to Mark, as well as our fearless producer, Kagan. They both added a lot to the show. Mark is so knowledgeable about these films, it excites me. Kagan’s music segment was excellent, as always. I wish I’d been on it with him to react to the craziness of some of that knowledge he dropped. Thanks Mark and Kagan … your preparation was above and beyond and it brought a lot to this episode.

    • Thanks for the kind words Josh! This is possibly my favorite episode so far. Mark was really impressive with all his factoids. Looking forward to having him back on the show again!

    • Aww, thanks, guys! I really enjoyed being on the show and I was admittedly a little nervous because Josh, Dave and Joel are such pros. Thanks for adding in some sound from the movies, Kagan. Those fit really well.

      These films are often on at my house so over the years I’ve thought and read a lot about them. It was good for me to have to collect my thoughts and make some notes. I wanted to talk more about these films as they related to the society of the time but I’m not sure there’s a lot of subtext in them. Maybe that’s because they were just good fun escapism during WW2?

  2. Just reiterating from the episode, but I’m curious how many of you notice the constant reuse of the Universal Monster music… specifically the main titles. I still find it amusing.

    • I’ve noticed that, Kagan! But I’m also a super fan, so many of those themes are ingrained in my brain. Son of Frankenstein was one of my favorites as a kid but it’s theme doesn’t feel as memorable as The Creature’s or, like you said, The Wolfman’s.

      Salter’s quotes were really interesting. He had such insight to realize that, though not his favorite, the horror films of that time would outlast others.

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