The writer/producer for Universal’s monster movies, Chris Morgan, has insisted that The Mummy is essentially a “standalone” film existing in the same world as several other monsters who feature in upcoming projects. That said, we’ve already seen Dr. Jekyll (Russell Crowe) in teasers for the film, and the headquarters of Prodigium, the secret monster-hunting organization that already seems familiar with a variety of otherworldy creatures — including vampires.
The latest TV spot for The Mummy, released on the movie’s official Twitter account and viewable above, also features Jekyll and focuses on all the most ominous warnings for Cruise’s reborn treasure hunter Nick Morton. As the good doctor informs him, his second chance at life is due to “the ultimate evil.” The clip then shifts to Sgt. Vail’s (Jake Johnson) eerily calm voice, telling Morton that: “You can’t run, you can’t escape. She’s got plans for you.”
The message throughout the trailers for The Mummy is that Ahmanet’s power is like nothing ever seen before, and the level of destruction in her wake is going to be devastating. This latest clip ends on chilling words from the princess: “There are worse fates than death.” While she obviously speaks from personal experience, it’s also looking like her vengeful plans will include Morton in ways too terrifying for him to even comprehend in the film.
Two years ago, Universal Chariman Donna Langley suggested that their version of The Mummy would likely be “more action than horror.” While it’s clear that the finished film is heavy on action, including some incredible stunts and effects, it also looks to play tribute to the more old-school horror films that excelled at an ever-escalating feeling of uncertainty and dread. It’s a chilling realization for Morton, and the audience, that a fatal plane crash is only the beginning of what evils may befall him.
Source: Universal Pictures
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