While I’m definitely not a horror fan, I like the look of the action horror blend that the upcoming The Mummy reboot seems to be targeting. We get to see some more of that in the latest international trailer that dropped recently.

For those of you’ve who’ve missed it, the official plot synopsis is as follows:

Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly The Mummy/Ahmanet herself Sofia Boutella and director Alex Kurtzman handed out a few more slivers of information on the titular character.

Kurtzman said of Ahmanet that she’s “a woman who wasn’t content to be put in her place and wanted something more.” What she wanted, in this case, is what she felt was promised to her and then had ripped away. She was groomed to be Egypt’s next pharaoh but when her father was given a son he went back on that promise, which is what led her down the dark path and ultimately to her cursed existence.

Having a monster that we can understand and empathise with is something I, and I think most people, will enjoy seeing in the movie because it adds depth to what we’re watching and makes the monster a more tragic figure.

Boutella also revealed that she’s spent a fair amount of time researching Egyptian history and mythology in order to bring a bit of realism to her character’s behaviour, going on to say that “these people never shouted. They were the most powerful people, but they were just calm.” Well if the trailers are anything to go by things won’t stay calm for very long.

We’ve also known for a long time that The Mummy is the new cornerstone of Universal’s shared monster universe, and as we’ve seen in the trailers one half of Russel Crowe’s character, Dr. Henry Jekyll, makes an appearance. We shouldn’t expect any more though, with Kurtzman saying:

“The movie’s called The Mummy, not The Mummy Meets 12 Other Monsters. If we create a world that feels interesting and scary, then we will have succeeded in setting up the larger universe.”

That’s something I wholeheartedly agree with – shared movie universes need to be earned, not assumed upfront. While they do need to plan ahead for potential universes, they do need a successful first movie to make it happen. Remember Dracula Untold?

The Mummy is due to open on 9 June.

Last Updated: April 24, 2017

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  • Original Heretic

    Don’t worry, Trev, this seems more like an action movie than a horror movie, so you should be safe watching it.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I hope it does have some proper horror moments though, just to set their universe apart from all the others, instead of making another bland action-fest.

      • Original Heretic

        It’s Tom Cruise. Isn’t that horror enough?!

        • Matthew Holliday

          just wait untill he tries to be funny and tells the mummy chick a joke.

          • Original Heretic

            Probably along the lines of
            “You can be a mummy if I can be your daddy.”

  • Captain JJ

    Hmmm. This looks like what Jurassic Park: The Lost World, was to the original Jurassic Park. Big show and loud noises mostly.
    Also, I liked Dracula Untold quite a bit.

    • Hammersteyn

      I did as well, except that he was way too emotional, I mean I know he struggles with the darkness and he’s trying to cling on to his humanity but damn, enough is enough. Kill all turks already!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I enjoyed it too, was different from the normal “I vant to suck your blud” nonsense.

    • Original Heretic

      Untold was more action, less horror.
      Pretty much what I expect from this movie.

      We’ve been so desensitized to the classic monsters that it’s becoming more and more difficult to actually bring a good horror element to them.
      I mean, after Hotel Transylvania, how do you take the Wolfman seriously anymore?

      • Captain JJ

        Hehe. I would like to see a return to decent horror again. It doesn’t have to be scary but it needs to have that horror atmosphere. Even movies like Terminator, Alien and Predator have gone the action route when they all started off with horror undertones. Such a pity.

        • Original Heretic

          It’s all about the money. Action sells better than horror.
          “There’s The Mummy. Shoot it with different types of weapons until we find one that works!”

          It’s all ’bout the money
          It’s all ’bout the dun dun do do do dumb

          • Captain JJ

            Hehe. Same with Jurassic Park. The second book was NOTHING like the second movie. Taking the T-Rex into town was purely a money thing. But from a story perspective it was idiotic and cliché.

          • Original Heretic

            When it comes to movies, the books is always better.
            Series, on the other hand, are actually doing justice to the source material novels these days.
            American Gods! Cannot wait!!

          • Captain JJ

            Yea, I must agree there. I think recently series have completely overtaken movies for me in terms of quality.

      • Matthew Holliday

        more action, less horror, B-Rate everything else.

    • Matthew Holliday

      The mummy looks like the baddie from suicide squad.
      foreshadowing terribleness.

      • Captain JJ

        Hehe. 2016 and 2017 is all about female villains, and shitty movies with good soundtracks to distract from it 😛

  • MonsterCheddar

    Hot mummy, hot mummy!!!!

  • MonsterCheddar

    Whats wiff the subtitles?

  • DragonSpirit009

    I have to say it looks interesting…. but I’ll judge it when I watch it!

  • justlikemo

    Subtitles, Haha, I see you guys are using the international imports as well.

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