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Vampires, and Zombies, and Chainsaws. Oh, my!

By Edited May 15, 2015 0 3

Mummy

Mummy
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What's next?

Just like with fashion we can look back at horror movie trends and see the future of horror movies. We watched as Lestat, Buffy and Miss Pandemonium make way for Werewolves, Mummies and Zombies until each one was played out in our collective cultural attention span. So writers, movie producers and, most importantly, horror fans are all wondering what’s next. As the twinkle of Edward Cullen’s skin begins to fade, Zombies finally get married and giant Japanese monsters have awoken yet again. What creature will fill the enormous gap left behind? Not just one offs, like poor Frankenstein, but a monster popular enough to last several movies. The answer is Mummies.

Mummies

For nearly 200 years Mummies have fascinated popular Western Culture and have not shown any sign of stopping. From the very first time Modern Europe began to feast their eyes upon King Tut and his treasures Western Civilization began to worry… what if there is a curse on his tomb. What if that creepy cadaver stands up and tries to eat us for disturbing his rest? We have been looking over our shoulder for these 200 years and I don’t suspect that’s going to change anytime soon.

The Fey Folk

Leprechan
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The little people… I mean fairies… I mean the diminutive supernatural folk who reside in the woods. Leprechauns have had their own horror franchise, sprites and pixies have dominated the cartoon world for nearly 50 years, and Pan’s Labyrinth might even fall into this category. I have to say, after you read about the fey in Irish folklore you sure won’t be wondering around The Bog of Allen for a while. But let’s face it; these little guys will never compete with the big three. Vampires, Mummies and…

Werewolves

Werewolf
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Werewolves are probably my next favorite to win the movie monster of the year award. They have a ton of depth to their plot possibilities, from the tortured soul who suffers from Lycanthropy to the organized society that hunts down Vampires as a matter of duty. The amount of material already made for these guys is tremendous but I suspect our culture just isn’t relating to the living monsters these days. With the rampant consumerism, medications and apathy in our world today we are craving the Undead.

Mummies

Mummies
Credit: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7c/Guanajuato_mummy_01.jpg/750px-Guanajuato_mummy_01.jpg

So although Werewolves probably have Werewolves beat for franchises, movies made and even plot possibilities I still believe the Mummies will come out top. There are three reasons for this, two I have already mentioned. They have lasting power in our collective unconscious, they are undead and the other reason… tourism. That’s right, tourism. Egypt has recently undergone a revolution and is slowly rebuilding its infrastructure so it can convince the wealthy in the world that it can support a safe tourism industry yet again. This means commercials, travel deals and lots of lots of Museum tours for their collections. What does that have to do with Mummy movies? Well like all good ad campaigns it creates a desire. A desire for Egyptian culture, a desire to see Egypt and it is a desire that will be unlikely to be met for most moviegoer budgets. But what they can’t travel to go and see they can experience in 3D with popcorn and pop. Not only that but they can get all the beauty of the Pyramids and treasures without ever having to walk around a boring museum. Mummies fighting werewolves, Mummies falling in love, Mummies seeking revenge, and let’s not forget the movie I’m most looking forward to; Mummies on a Cruise ship.

So as you begin to write your blogs, scripts and journal entries tonight remember that you heard it here first. Mummies are your next major movie trend.

The Mummy

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Comments

Dec 13, 2013 7:46am
Cleptomanx
I don't know about the mummy call. I'm feeling that the Brendan Fraser Mummy franchise was still a little too recent to think that mummies are going to make a big comeback anytime soon. I think the last sequel (the one with Jet Li) was only about 5 or 6 years ago, so it seems like a hard turn around.

You also have to account for the specific qualities of the mummy character as opposed to zombies or werewolves/vampires etc. So far the portrayal of the Mummy really hasn't shown as broad an interpretation as the others. While you have Underworld showing lycans and vamps in a far different light as the werewolves and vamps from Twilight you can see that variation is key to character longevity. If you look at Zombies you can see a vast spectrum of styles used with this creature from voodoo, to viral, to completely unexplained, the Zombie has been viable in such a wide range that the potential uses almost seem endless. I'd say Zombies are a real juggernaut when it comes to keeping a concept vital and interesting.

Going into the Fey example, it seems that TV has been working pretty well with the concept such as in shows like Grimm, Once Upon a Time, or (my personal fave) Lost Girl. I'm sure there's potential on the big screen for a blockbuster Fey film or franchise, but there may be a little too much tv saturation of the concept for a big movie push (I could be wrong).

My feelings when trying to predict the "next big" monster movie is that it's not as much about the monster as much as the skill and craft of the people behind the concept. If a Fincher, Jackson, or Aranofsky level talent were to reimagine the gingerbread man into a horror character, I really wouldn't be surprised if they were able to do something so original and exciting that it could cause a wild new interpretation that captures the imagination like no other.

So, I'm guessing, for your mummy prediction to come about you're just gonna hafta hope that a very talented artist has an inspired new vision for the character or this concept is going to remain in a crypt collecting dust.
Dec 16, 2013 12:19am
AuroraGuiniverePrice
Surprisingly enough, or not seeing as this is Hollywood we're dealing with here, Universal is currently in negotiations for a reboot of not just the Mummy franchise, but ALL the classic monsters to be a sort of rival to Marvel's Avengers franchise. The studio is looking into updating and revamping these monsters to do something neat and interesting with them, but seeing as how we already had a "Wolfman" remake (which for me personally, wasn't great), I'm not sure what we can expect out of this.
Dec 16, 2013 12:20am
AuroraGuiniverePrice
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Dec 16, 2013 8:14am
NSwartz
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Dec 16, 2013 8:14am
NSwartz
I really do think there is a lot of creative talent writing right now and Mummies are, as you pointed out, a very undeveloped resource. If they can pull off a Zombie love story imagine what they can cook up for mummies. Time will tell though, thanks for your very well researched input.
Dec 16, 2013 8:14am
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