THE MUMMY (1932)

Boris Karloff established himself as Hollywood’s King Of Horror with his performance as Imhotep, the undead Egyptian High Priest seeking the reincarnation of his long-lost love, the Princess Anck-es-en-Amon. Romanian stage actress Zita Johann co-stars as Helen Grosvenor, caught in a love triangle between a 3,700-year-old dead man who wants to kill her in order to make her undead like himself, and a young archaeologist drawn to her romantically because she reminds him of the corpse he’s been investigating.

For the record, I find the 3,700-year-old dead guy infinitely the less creepy.