Monday, December 17, 2018

Mummy Happy Returns

By the glorious scepter of Set
This horror a grim fate has met
He’s hell-bound for good
Though it’s well understood
They'll restore him for sequels, you bet.

Paul Truster

The end title from The Mummy's Tomb.(Harold Young; 1942).

Friday, December 14, 2018


To his friend the big lunk lifts his glass
Elbows bend, soon he's drunk on his ass
He's been blue but he'll find
That a true love is blind
In the end, by his bunk, they hold mass.

The Monster (Boris Karloff) enjoys a happy moment in Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale; 1935). Here's to Franken-Fridays!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Primitive Fart

They call this neanderthal Cliff
He's a squalid and grand guignol stiff
He will have a big snarl and
Then ravish Bev Garland
An appalling, substandard what-if.

David Cairns

Robert Shayne plays Prof. Clifford Groves, who turns himself into The Neanderthal Man (Ewald André Dupont; 1953), hoisting supporting player Beverly Garland, who was using her new stage name for the first time. Throwback Thursdays wants to throw this one back.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hirsute Yourself

Fur-festooned by a taxing complaint
This poor loon's sprouting yak's-hair, how quaint!
It's a monthly affliction
He grunts and starts itchin;'
When the moon's fully waxed, Chaney ain't.

David Cairns

Jack Pierce created the Wolf Man makeup for Lon Chaney Jr. Welcome to Werewolf Wednesday.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Double or Nutty

In his beaker the stuff that's now bubbling
Isn't weak like some guff, it's more troubling
One swig and F. March
Loses dignity, starch
And will shriek and act rough after doubling.

David Cairns

Fredric March is both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931). Bottoms up! It's Terrible Twos-Day.

Monday, December 10, 2018

He Gypped

This cheater betrays out of lust
For a sweetie with praiseworthy bust
Yes, he's drooling, he's scummy
But not fooling the Mummy
And he's beat by one raised from the dust.

David Cairns

Arkham sect member Ragheb (Martin Kosleck) is all over Betty Walsh (Kay Harding) in The Mummy's Curse (Leslie Goodwins; 1944).

Friday, December 7, 2018

Enchanted Cottage Fries

This blind man will care for the hunk
He's kind, and the pair will get drunk
Then strangers inquire,
Cry danger, start fire
Did they find the two share the same bunk?

The Monster (Boris Karloff) finds a friend (O.P. Heggie) in Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale; 1935). Welcome to Franken-Fridays.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Who's on Cursed?

Dr. Zoomer's pet mummy ain't Kharis
Bud and Lou meet this crumb, he's called Klaris
And he's hiding his face
From abiding disgrace
For a movie this dumb will embarrass.

David Cairns

In Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (Charles Lamont; 1955), Kurt Katch played Dr. Gustav Zoomer, and stuntman Edwin (Eddie) Parker was Klaris, the Mummy. This was the last Mummy film made by Universal, as well as the last that Abbott and Costello made for the studio. This post is part of the "Late Show" blogathon hosted by David Cairns and Shadowplay. It's getting late!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Mummy's Worse

The sahib's deep desires are all amorous
But this dweeb in a fez isn't glamorous
His pace is quite glacial
And that face needs a facial
A reboot will presently Hammer us.

David Cairns

Once Universal replaced lovesick Imhotep with Kharis, the schlepping Mummy, the series needed High Priests and disciples to set the plot wheels turning. Peter Coe as Dr. Ilzor Zandaab, Martin Kosleck as Ragheb, and Kay Harding as Betty Walsh add pointless plot points to The Mummy's Curse (Leslie Goodwins; 1944), the last sequel in the 1940s Mummy revival. Abbott and Costello were waiting in the wings. This post is part of the "Late Show" blogathon hosted by David Cairns and Shadowplay..

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Holy Crypture

Though one of a cunning old clergy
This son of a gun's hot and urge-y.
His vow he'll betray
(And how he will pay)
For fun with a stunning young virgy.

Donald B. Benson

Arkham sect acolyte Ragheb (Martin Kosleck) lusts after Betty Walsh (Kay Harding) in The Mummy's Curse (Leslie Goodwins; 1944). This post is part of the "Late Show" blogathon hosted by David Cairns and Shadowplay.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Acolyte at the End of the Tunnel

This grime-sucking heel--that's enough!
It's time that I really get rough
The weasely pest
Thinks HE'S sex-obsessed?
The slimeball is stealing my stuff!

The Mummy (Lon Chaney Jr ) is fed up with Ragheb (Martin Kosleck) in The Mummy's Curse (Leslie Goodwins; 1944). In the Mummy sequels, it's not the romantic interest of the Mummy that motors the plots, but that of the priests and acolytes. This post is part of the "Late Show" blogathon hosted by David Cairns and Shadowplay.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Clod Bless the Child

Don't scorn me, you know what I'm like
If cornered, a blow I will strike 
It's no life on the run
Constant strife, never fun  
Forlorn, I could go for this tyke.

The Monster (Lon Chaney Jr) befriends little Cloestine Hussman (Janet Ann Gallow) in The Ghost of Frankenstein (Erle C. Kenton; 1942).

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Kharis that Ate Kharis


Without fail Kharis ekes out the hours
It's own tail each lame sequel devours
No elan, inartistic
It grows stale and antique, as it sours.

David Cairns

The Mummy's Curse (Leslie Goodwins; 1944): In this, the last of the sequels, the Mummy (Lon Chaney Jr) plays stooge to high priest Ilzor (Peter Coe) and acolyte Ragheb (Martin Kosleck).