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The changing face of Kharis: Lon Chaney's mask-like countenance in The Mummy's Ghost is considerably less gruesome than his previous appearance in The Mummy's Tomb and endures as the most familiar image of the character.
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The changing face of Kharis: Lon Chaney's mask-like countenance in The Mummy's Ghost is considerably less gruesome than his previous appearance in The Mummy's Tomb and endures as the most familiar image of the character.

Kharis is the name of the mummy featured in the four films produced by Universal Studios in the 1940's following their original 1932 film The Mummy, which starred Boris Karloff as a different mummy character, Imhotep. Inspired by worldwide interest in Egyptian archeology of the era, the Mummy is the only major Universal monster of the 1920's, 30's, and 40's whose origin as a fearsome being is credited to the films in which he appears; the Phantom of the Opera, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, and the Invisible Man all originated in literature, and the Wolf Man was derived from werewolf myths. The Mummys Ghost is the 1944 Universal Pictures horror film sequel to The Mummys Tomb. ... The Mummys Tomb is the 1942 sequel to The Mummys Hand (1940). ... A mummy is a corpse whose skin and dried flesh have been preserved by either intentional or accidental exposure to chemicals, extreme cold or dryness, or airlessness. ... The current Universal Studios logo Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures), a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is one of the major American film studios that has production studios and offices located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County between Los... Boris Karloff as Ardath Bey AKA Prince Imhotep in The Mummy. ... Boris Karloff. ... Imhotep, the one who comes in peace Imhotep (sometimes spelled Immutef, Imhotep, or Ii-em-Hotep, Egyptian ii-m-ḥtp) was a wizard, and the first architect and physician known by name to written history. ... Archaeology or sometimes in American English archeology (from the Greek words αρχαίος = ancient and λόγος = word/speech) is the study of human cultures through the recovery, documentation and analysis of material remains, including architecture, artefacts, biofacts, human remains, and landscapes. ... The title character as depicted by Lon Chaney (1883-1930) in the 1925 film depiction. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Boris Karloff as Frankensteins monster, along with Elsa Lanchester, in Bride of Frankenstein Frankensteins monster (sometimes Frankensteins creature or the Frankenstein monster) is a creature first appearing in Mary Shelleys novel, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. ... For other uses, see Dracula (disambiguation). ... See Invisible Man for the novel by Ralph Ellison. ... The Wolf Man is a 1941 horror film written by Curt Siodmak and produced and directed by George Waggner, starring Lon Chaney Jr, Claude Rains, Evelyn Ankers, Ralph Bellamy, Patric Knowles, Bela Lugosi, and Maria Ouspenskaya. ... A German woodcut from 1722 A werewolf (or lycanthrope) is a person who shapeshifts into a wolf, either purposely, by using magic, or after being placed under a curse. ...


In the first Kharis film, The Mummy's Hand (1940), the character was played by Western-film actor Tom Tyler, while the three subsequent films, The Mummy's Tomb (1942), The Mummy's Ghost (1944), and The Mummy's Curse (also 1944), starred Lon Chaney, Jr. in the role. Although the iconic image of the mummy's face is usually Karloff's, the Kharis films are responsible for the enduring stereotype of the lumbering, foot-dragging monster, as Karloff's bandaged creation is seen only briefly while Kharis is a major on-screen character in all four follow-up films. The Kharis movies also introduce the notion of tana leaves as integral to the mummy's survival. The Mummys Hand (1940) is a Universal Pictures horror film released in 1940. ... The Adventures of Captain Marvel, starring Tom Tyler in his most famous role. ... The Mummys Tomb is the 1942 sequel to The Mummys Hand (1940). ... The Mummys Ghost is the 1944 Universal Pictures horror film sequel to The Mummys Tomb. ... The Mummys Curse is the 1944 horror film follow-up to The Mummys Ghost which was also released in 1944. ... Lon Chaney Jr. ...


The Mummy's Hand introduces Kharis in a series of flashbacks that are pulled from the original 1932 film except for inserts with Tyler replacing shots in which Karloff would have been conspicuous. The original film's ancient-Egypt scenes tell the story of Imhotep, who is punished for attempting to resurrect a dead lover, while in the Kharis films the identities and details of this story are simply changed to describe a similar but alternate scenario. For this reason the Kharis films are not sequels to the original, as occasionally misperceived, but do relate narratively to each other. The Mummys Hand (1940) is a Universal Pictures horror film released in 1940. ...


The make-up for Kharis was designed by Universal's resident monster expert Jack Pierce. While Tyler's features can be discerned easily under the make-up (as could Karloff's), Chaney is unrecognizable, due in part to the increased use of a mask rather than customized make-up over the course of the series. While in The Wolf Man Chaney played the starring role both in and out of makeup, Tyler was shown as the human Kharis in Chaney's mummy films during flashback scenes, a somewhat demoralizing budgetary measure that showed Chaney's importance to be mainly that of his famous name. Jack Pierce (May 5, 1889 in Greece – July 19, 1968), born Janus Piccoulas, was a Hollywood make-up artist most famous for creating the iconic make-up worn by Boris Karloff in Universal Studios 1931 adaptation of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein. ... The Wolf Man is a 1941 horror film written by Curt Siodmak and produced and directed by George Waggner, starring Lon Chaney Jr, Claude Rains, Evelyn Ankers, Ralph Bellamy, Patric Knowles, Bela Lugosi, and Maria Ouspenskaya. ...


While the Kharis films lack the artistic distinction of the 1930's Universal horror classics, they remain popular among genre fans. An interesting aspect of the Kharis series is that the years that pass between them narratively would set the final one into the late 20th century, though no attempt was made to alter the depiction of clothing, hairstyles, or technology.


Christopher Lee portrayed Kharis in the 1959 Hammer horror film The Mummy. Christopher Lee portrays Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE (born May 27, 1922 in Belgravia, London) is a legendary and prolific English actor known for his versatility, his professional longevity, and his distinctive basso delivery. ... Hammer horror refers to a series of gothic horror films produced from the late 1950s until the 1970s by the British film production company Hammer Film Productions Ltd. ... The Mummy is a 1959 British Hammer Horror film starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. ...


 
 

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