UPDATED: Video Removed At Request of the Studio – WATCH the Official Version Here
It is as if the curse of The Mummy is taking hold early. Everyone with at least a passing knowledge of cinema knows that movies can be a huge undertaking to make. This especially applies to blockbusters, where they can be easily judged early on when full context and a lack of finished effects can have a negative effect on what is to come. Of course, there are also inadvertent ways in which things can go wrong, but provide plenty of entertainment. This is exactly what happened with the latest from Tom Cruise.
Based on the recent teaser trailer, there have been varying thoughts on this upcoming supernatural adventure that brings back one of the classic Universal Monsters. However, these thoughts haven’t had to do with the simple hilarity involving what we hear.
That all changes now, as somehow the IMAX trailer for The Mummy was uploaded without its finished sound mix. This means audiences were only able to hear the actors vocal tracks and little else. The videos for this have been getting pulled down all over, but fortunately there are still working versions online (like the video above).
The effect is bizarre and quite humorous in the early going, as we watch a group of people roll all over a plane with a serious of screams that were never meant to be heard without layers of noise over them. Obviously this is what happens when not all of the work to make this scene possible is being represented. It goes to show just how important the foley artists are in this process, as a scene like this is easily ruined (or, arguably, improved) by the lack of sound effects. Taking away the sound makes a film feel cheap, which is exactly what happened last year when a scene from the film Everest was accidentally released in a similar manner.
Clearly Universal is not happy with this, as the studio is scouring the internet to remove every YouTube clip they can. A lot is riding on this first part of the potential Monsters Cinematic Universe they have in the works, so making a good first impression is for sure preferred. That said, this may not be the thing that sinks the ship, as many just like to have some fun. This may have been an accident, but hearing the grunts and screams amidst dead air is weirdly entertaining.