The Mummy and the curse of the enforced franchise

A monster is only scary if it is an aberration, not just another bogeyman in a world full of them

11th June, 2017
Annabelle Wallis and Tom Cruise in The Mummy

It’s the first in Universal’s rummage through their library of 1930s horror movie properties that will become known as the Dark Universe and include, in due course, reboots of The Invisible Man, The Wolfman and Frankenstein.

The whole familiar thing will be connected by Dr Jekyll (Russell Crowe), who heads up a secret laboratory that researches monsters in contemporary London. So, a bit like Hellboy, but with no Guillermo Del Toro...

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