Quiz: A glimpse into Egyptian horror culture on Halloween

By Mai Elwakil

Mummies have become a worldwide horror staple, inspiring everything from the film “The Mummy” (1932) and its never-ending sequels to numerous literary explorations. The simple mummy costume, often made of bandages, has also found its way into popular culture for many a Halloween celebration.

But do mummies have the same resonance in their homeland? Not really. Horror culture in Egypt is very different, nurtured by a mix of superstition, local myths and covert social and cultural critique. Many of the artistic explorations of the genre build on that with an occasional shift to the spiritual, or science fiction.

With Halloween falling this week, Egypt Independent takes you deep inside the dark alleys of Egyptian horror. Take our quiz and enjoy the ride.