With their voluminous dark robes, hieroglyph-inscribed medallions, fez-crowned heads, and omnipresent tana leaves, the High Priests of Karnak from the Kharis series command a villainous ambience every bit as recognizable as that of the vampire and the mad scientist.
As members of a clandestine organization which had lasted through the centuries, these arcane individuals remained dedicated to their task of keeping Kharis the mummy in a state of suspended animation, ever watchful for the moment when he would need to be brought into action.

Considered by many to be an unnecessary plot complication, the concept of a secret priesthood reflected a generalized fear of covert world-wide organizations that haunted the years of WWII. This fear, fueled by public paranoia about Axis spy rings, imbued the Karnak priests with an aura of credibility and menace that today's viewers often fail to appreciate.

Click below to meet the men behind the mummy!

Professor Andoheb (George Zucco)

Mehemet Bey (Turhan Bey)

Yousef Bey (John Carradine)

Dr. Ilzor Zandaab (Peter Coe)

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