For reasons completely unfathomable to anyone with a brain, the powers that be in Hollywood felt that we needed a gritty reboot of The Mummy. Gone is the subtle horror of Boris Karloff’s portrayal of Imhotep from the original, replaced by a hefty dose of CGI and some lady with far too many pupils. And if you were hoping for a dashing and wise-cracking hero à la Brendan Fraser you’re shit out of luck. This time around we’ve got everyone’s favorite diminutive Scientologist action hero, Tom Cruise.
They did this to Superman, they did this to Spiderman (but sort of learned their lesson), they did this to Miami Vice, and, for some damn reason, the Power Rangers. By doing so they are sucking the soul of what made audiences fall in love with a franchise — nobody wants a flawed Superman or a non-wisecracking Peter Parker — and replacing it with a cookie cutter template for action films.
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On the contrary, 1932’s The Mummy is a horror classic. The creeping menace Karloff portrays throughout the film is still unsettling 80 + years later. It would be possible for directors to choose to emulate this version of the film and still create something on the dark end of the spectrum, if that’s absolutely what they are going for, but this would mean forgoing the over the top special effects. And let’s be honest, there is no way in hell that is going to happen.