Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at The Mummy… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
For many years Universal had been trying to do a remake of their 1932 classic The Mummy. They wanted to go with a dark version but on a low budget, they had talks with Clive Barker, George A Romero and Joe Dante. They all had great ideas but these ideas warranted large budgets. In stepped Stephen Sommers who had previously directed the B Movie action flick Deep Rising. He had wanted to produce a remake of The Mummy for years and he had the idea of doing Indiana Jones meets Jason and The Argonauts. Universal were very impressed with his pitch and gave him an $80 million budget!
Due to the success of The Mummy it spawned some terrible sequels and spin-off Scorpion King Movies. The first movie is still the best and the most enjoyable. It mixes adventure, comedy and horror all into one and balances it perfectly. The special effects are still very impressive and the soundtrack is incredible!.
Let’s return to The Mummy and discover why its still awesome.