Good morning, Glenn!
I've missed you, you've been so reticent lately! I wrote that little Mummy bit specifically to smoke you out. It's been a depressing week, and I need a little levity to put a smile on my face!
Of course none of us here would ever go in for that sort of thing. For instance, I would never note that the star of Hammer Film's glorious Technicolor remake of The Mummy (named Kharis, from the Universal sequels, but revived by the Scroll, as per the original) is the great Christopher Lee; who, only a few years earlier, had appeared as A Stage Manager/Starbuck in the unreleased and now lost TV version of Welles' play Moby Dick Rehearsed. Lee, who seems to have known everyone, was good friends with occult novelist Dennis Wheatley. Several of Wheatley's novels (including The Devil Rides Out, later made into a film by Hammer starring Lee) feature a character very obviously based on The Great Beast himself, Aleister Crowley, purported grandfather of the 43rd POTUS, now presiding over what may be the most devastating financial and economic meltdown of the capitalist era, an event so cataclysmic that some of our more hysterical and mystical commentators are using that dread word...Armageddon! As I said, it has been a rough week. Do I need to put The Late Great Planet Earth and The Man Who Saw Tomorrow in my Netflix queue?
Perhaps I would be better off rewatching To The Devil A Daughter, Hammer Film's last horror feature, also adapted from a novel by Wheatley, and starring Lee as a defrocked priest whose Satanic goal is to turn Natassja Kinsky into an avatar of the demon Astaroth on her eighteenth birthday. Curiously, Astaroth, demon of the first hierarchy and prince of accusers and inquisitors, is the demon summoned by Rabbi Loew to reveal the magic word that will animate the legendary Golem, savior of the Jews of Prague, in director/actor Paul Wegener's expressionist masterpiece, Der Golem, which was photographed by, yes, Karl Freund, director of the original Mummy, mentor to Gregg Toland, photographer of Citizen Kane, and so on and so on and so on...
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