East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

16 seconds of Mummy

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So I caught the teaser trailer for the new Mummy movie.
You know The Mummy, the franchise starring Brendan Fraser whose third movie actually put me to sleep…
Well, they are rebooting it (who isn’t rebooting something, these days), and it will star Tom Cruise.

And my first reaction has been… uhm.
Yes, there is an attractive lady in tactically ragged bandages screaming her heart out in the wind (ooooh, scary), but all things considered, uhm.

What made the first Mummy movie so good, in my opinion, was also the setting.
Yes, great cast, good effects, good story, but the 1920s are just the right time for a movie like that.
The retro setting makes it easier to believe the ingression of the supernatural in the life of the characters, makes the over-the-top action believable.

It’s pulp, in the pulp era.
It was the sign that Hollywood could do pulp, if they wanted, without involving Spielberg and Lucas.
But move the lot forward to the 21st century… it loses some of its flavor.

Then, ok, it’s just 16 seconds, so nothing can be said about the actual movie, even if the vibe i get is closer to Mike Newell’s The Awakening than to any Universal or Hammer mummy flick.

And mind you, The Awakening was a good movie, an atmospheric horror based on Bram Stoker and featuring Charlton Heston and Susannah York 1. But pulp action adventure it was not.
And there were no choppers in it.

Anyway, we’ll see what turns out.
Any mummy film is a good mummy film, as far as I’m concerned.

  1. yes, I think I’ll do a post about it in the next days. 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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