Production info

The Ghoul
UK, 1933

Boris Karloff, D.A. Clarke-Smith, Harold Huth
Directed by T. Hayes Hunter

  

An Ancient Curse Is About To Be Unleashed.

A priceless jewel known as the Eternal Light is stolen from an Egyptian tomb and becomes the possession of Professor Moriant. On his death-bed, wishing to be buried with the valuable gem, Moriant follows a prescribed ritual by having the gem bound tightly in his fist as an offering to the god Anubis in exchange for immortality, but his servant Laing steals the jewel from Moriant's body in the mausoleum. The Professor returns to life as a walking corpse to seek his revenge against those who refused to carry out his dying wish and to regain his missing jewel.

One of the earliest British horror films of the sound era. The Ghoul was originally published as a novel by mystery writer Frank King in 1928, but the book has none of the film’s (few) egyptological trappings. The film remained "lost" until a print was found in Eastern Europe in 1969. The 1974 movie The Ghoul, starring Peter Cushing and directed by Freddie Francis, has no connection to the novel or the 1933 movie.


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