1932’s The Mummy stars Boris Karloff in the titular role. At that point, he was already famous for playing Frankenstein’s monster in the 1931 version of Frankenstein. (Yeah, you think Star Wars movies come out a lot these days? These old monster movies happened right on top of each other! Dracula came out THE SAME YEAR as Frakenstein!)
Anyway, The Mummy will not teach your kids anything about real Egyptian history, and, unlike some of the other classic monsters, it wasn’t derived from a novel. But, in some ways, it’s the creepiest film on this list, mostly because the notion of a bunch of camping out and getting stalked by a spirit/zombie is totally awesome.
You can rent The Mummy on Amazon right here.