‘The Mummy’ has enjoyed a grand tradition of always having an exciting and engaging trailer. Beginning with the trailer for the 1932 original, directed by Karl Freund, and ending with the Stephen Sommers reboot, UMU takes a look back on the trailers for… The Mummy!
I’ve always loved movie trailers. They’re the perfect appetizer to the main course and, sometimes, even better than the films they’re meant to promote. Filming on Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy is coming to a close this week and we know there will be a trailer for the Sofia Boutella and Tom Cruise starrer sooner rather than later. So, after we’ve already spoken about The Mummy 1932, The Mummy 1959, and The Mummy 1999, it felt only fitting that on one of the last Thursday’s of production on the 2017 version, we take a look back on the top three Mummy movies and the trailers that accompanied them.
Let’s unwrap something fun!
Boris Karloff and Zita Johann were great. The whole cast for The Mummy was (even the 1999 movie). The Mummy worked so well; I believe so many of the classic Universal Monsters movies worked so well because they were very actor/actress oriented. Unlike today where so many movies rely on huge names and less on story and actual talent, the Universal Monsters films went the opposite way. They’re classics for a reason and The Mummy is one of the best. It’s also a very compact film with a runtime under 2 hours.
The 1959 version of The Mummy blends the best of the 1932 original with a satisfying amount of nods to later films such as The Mummy’s Hand, The Mummy’s Tomb, and The Mummy’s Ghost. The film tells a familiar story about Kharis, Princess Ananka, and the cursed group that awakens him, but almost dreamily elevates the later three concepts of Universal’s Mummy films to a classier affair.
To this day, Stephen Sommer’s The Mummy remains as one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s a sentiment that has been etched in nearly every UMU post since the beginning. It’s a movie that I treasure just as much as Jonathan does with his treasure. I’m always very excited to talk/write/share this Academy Award nominated film with whomever I encounter, and as there are many people today that have not seen the 1932 original or the 1959 classic, the 1999 version is often the gateway to the true originals.
With principal photography on 2017’s “The Mummy” coming to a close, and post production beginning soon, the film is on track for its June 2017 release. That only means that in the grand tradition of films, we’ll naturally get a theatrical trailer. When do you expect to see the first trailer and what would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)