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The cast and crew of “The Mummy” share their love for the classic Universal Monsters movies.

While there have been numerous films made that have been based on and inspired by the classic Universal Monsters films, none have come close to sharing as deep a reverence to them as this June’s The Mummy. The closest Universal Monsters fans have come to seeing their beloved classic monsters represented on the big screen has been 2010’s The Wolfman and SHOWTIME’s Penny Dreadful. But now, with eyes set forward on establishing a Universal Monsters Universe of films, much like the originals did, The Mummy will be the first, proper Universal Monster movie that will excite modern audiences and entertain those fond of the originals. Director and UMU creative architect, Alex Kurtzman, has made no secret of his love for the classics and of why he feels audiences are owed a monster movie. In a new, behind the scenes video, Kurtzman, along with headlining stars Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, share their love of the original 1932 classic, directed by Karl Freund, along with their love of Universal Monsters.

“As a kid growing up, I loved the Universal Monsters movies. I remember being just terrified. The concept of a female mummy is really exciting and seductive. Sofia’s created a very moving character, a frightening character.” – Tom Cruise

With 2 months left until The Mummy is awakened in theaters, there’s still much resistance from fans of the classic and original Universal Monsters pictures from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. And rightfully so. The Mummy is an iconic monster and a classic horror/monster movie that’s been enjoyed across generations. Fans of the beloved Karl Freund film should have their worries that range from the concern that Alex Kurtzman’s picture will retread the same territory that Stephen Sommers’ 1999 reboot covered or that this first entry in the Universal Monsters Universe will be more classic monsters by way of Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible series. Hopefully, the release of the latest trailer and tv spots have comforted some of the monster heads we love so much that continue to keep the spirit of the Universal Monsters alive almost 90 years since their debut. A few weeks ago we brought word on Sofia Boutella and not only of her appreciation for Boris Karloff, but of her intent to honor his work through her performance as Ahmanet/The Mummy. Today we have word from Alex Kurtzman, which proves to be the most exciting news yet for fans of the original 1932 The Mummy.

The Mummy herself is inspired by Boris Karloff’s original 1932 take, with abilities “organized around the ideas of romance and entrancement. She has control over and power to get into your mind, and creepy crawlies tend to like her when she’s around.” – Alex Kurtzman to USA Today

Abilities “organized around the ideas of romance and entrancement” isn’t something we’ve seen as of late within Universal’s last The Mummy trilogy, starring Brendan Fraser. While Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) was powerful, his abilities were more biblical and brought on by way of the curse that was placed upon him. Jet Li’s Dragon Emperor had more mystical abilites, but still none that hearkened back to the original The Mummy films. In fact, the later Mummy films, starring Tom Tyler and Lon Chaney Jr, were more of the inspiration for Stephen Sommers and Rob Cohen’s films than the Karl Freund original that started it all.

Boris Karloff’s Imhotep was able to control others, entrance, and cause harm to others without direct physical contact. We all remember the famous heart attack scene, yes? It’s very exciting to know Sofia Boutella’s Ahmanet will be closer to Boris Karloff’s Imhotep in abilities and just another reason why The Mummy 2017 should please all kinds of fans, especially ones of the classic Universal Monsters.

Keeping Alex Kurtzman’s words in mind, might we suggest taking another look at the trailer?

As always, stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for the latest on The Mummy and the Universal Monsters Universe of films.

Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.

Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) 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.

The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman, from a script by Jon Spaihts, Dylan Kussman, and Christopher McQuarrie. The film stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Courtney B. Vance, Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella. The film opens June 9, 2017.

(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)

About the author

Steven Biscotti

Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) He stands 5'7" tall and prides himself on being the same height as Tom Cruise. Steven's favorite monster movie? "The Mummy (1999)."

Readers Comments (1)

  1. Hard to believe how fast time has flown by! I’m gonna get to watch The Mummy in 3D come June! (BTW, I love how the featurette reconfirms the movie will be in 3D at the end of the video – I’m always paying attention to those little details)!

    And, I just saw the following interview Collider did with composer Brian Tyler! I’m very happy to hear the movie will have a classical orchestra centered score! This kind of original, epic, score composition is sadly missing far too much in many live action tentpoles….but of course there’s a TON of exceptions to that! And it’s also great to see Brian basically say that this movie will be an incredible mixture of adventure and horror not seen before!

    http://collider.com/brian-tyler-fate-of-the-furious-interview/

    Collider: I’m really excited for The Mummy and I was curious what it was like scoring something more in the horror-action lane.

    TYLER: Amazing. I mean, I’m so excited about that one. It’s combining adventure and horror and so much that it’s like—I’ve never worked on anything like it. What Alex [Kurtzman] is going for in that movie is incredible. I can’t wait for people to see the movie and hear the score. I was just conducting this week, I was recording a few days ago. You should hear the wonderful London Philharmonia playing in that score, for me it’s a highlight.

    Collider: Was there kind of a touchstone for you on that score? Did you try to harken back to the original Universal Monsters films or is it more contemporary?

    TYLER: It’s classic. The vibe is orchestral. We recorded choir and we recorded orchestra and we recorded some really interesting instruments as well that are really kind of out of the box. It definitely, to me, kind of has all the best elements of a classic movie and I think it needs a classic kind of style score.

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