The Ghoul is the 1933 British film starring Boris Karloff. He plays an archeologist named Professor Morlant, who believes that if he is buried with a jewel called The Eternal Light, Anubis will appear and grant him immortality. The funeral goes according to plan, but a servant of his steals the jewel. Several people are summoned to his house for the reading of his will, including relatives Ralph and Betty. However, it appears that Morlant really does return from the dead and is hunting down the thief. Did Morlant came back to life or is there a more mundane explanation?
For a gothic movie with no magical elements, it has a nice supernatural aura. It’s actually a pretty good suspense movie. While the plot is obviously inspired by The Mummy, which Karloff also played a major role; the plot is so different that it can’t be called a rip-off of the former. American viewers may be freaked out by the fact that Ralph and Betty fall in love with each other despite being distant relatives. However, in Britain distant relatives are allowed to marry. Honolulu horror film fans should watch this obscure gem.
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