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The Mummy and Lifeforce: the strange parallels

Ryan Lambie Oct 17, 2017

This year's The Mummy reboot shares a surprising amount with the 1985 sci-fi horror classic, Lifeforce...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for 2017's The Mummy and 1985's Lifeforce.

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When Universal Studios made The Mummy back in 1932, it was in the wake of Tut-mania: the fascination with Ancient Egypt following the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb a decade earlier. As Egyptian-inspired symbols and designs began to appear on everything from jewellery to cigarette ads, stories began to circulate that the pharoah's tomb was cursed - and thus The Mummy, about a group of archaeologists who provoke the wrath of a long-dead Imhotep (Boris Karloff, hypnotic as always) emerged.

The Mummy's success was such that it became a long-running franchise: Universal made four direct sequels between 1940 and 1944, with a comedy spin-off, Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy, joining them in 1955. The UK's Hammer Film
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Dwayne Johnson Shares More 'Fast and Furious' Spin-off Plans

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For all his success as a worldwide box office attraction, Dwayne Johnson has yet to lead his own movie franchise. That's all about to change. Early in his career, Johnson appeared The Mummy Returns, which was a huge success, and then starred in the spin-off movie The Scorpion King, which was a more modest success. By the time he made his first appearance as Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs, first in Fast Five (2011), he was an established star who gave the Fast and Furious franchise a welcome jolt of energy. In subsequent years, even as he's costarred in the next three installments, his own headline status has continued to rise. As we heard recently, he and Jason Statham will star in a spin-off movie revolving around their Fast and Furious characters. Now...

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Dwayne Johnson Shares More 'Fast and Furious' Spin-off Plans

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For all his success as a worldwide box office attraction, Dwayne Johnson has yet to lead his own movie franchise. That's all about to change. Early in his career, Johnson appeared The Mummy Returns, which was a huge success, and then starred in the spin-off movie The Scorpion King, which was a more modest success. By the time he made his first appearance as Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs, first in Fast Five (2011), he was an established star who gave the Fast and Furious...

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November Release Date Revealed for Joe Lynch’s Mayhem, Starring Steven Yeun & Samara Weaving

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We've seen Steven Yeun fight against the infected on AMC's The Walking Dead, but in Joe Lynch's Mayhem, he'll face a different—albeit equally lethal—virus, and you can now mark your calendars with the official release date.

Rue Morgue reported that Rlj Entertainment will release Mayhem in select cinemas and VOD and Digital HD platforms on November 10th. Following its theatrical release, Mayhem is set to stream on Shudder in early 2018.

We'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more information on Mayhem is revealed, including its first trailer, and in case you missed it, read our own Heather Wixson's SXSW review of the film.

"Directed by Joe Lynch (Everly) and written by Matias Caruso, the film stars Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Samara Weaving (Monster Trucks), Steven Brand (The Scorpion King) and Dallas Roberts (Dallas Buyers Club).

In Mayhem, an airborne virus infects the
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Can John Cena Make it to The Rock Status as a Movie Star?

No one really thought much of The Rock’s transition from WWE to film. After all he had one bit role as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns and as awesome as he was, the CGI in the final battle was just horrible. His acting was great, but then he decided to return in The Scorpion King to resume the role and, unfortunately, it got a very PG rating which essentially killed the film. If he’d been allowed to cut loose and really be the deadly assassin he was supposed to be then everything would have been fine. But I

Can John Cena Make it to The Rock Status as a Movie Star?
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The Flickering Myth Reaction to the first trailer for Marvel’s Inhumans

The Flickering Myth team react to the first trailer for Marvel’s Inhumans

Marvel’s Inhumans series dropped its first trailer yesterday [watch it here] and the online reaction has been overwhelmingly negative. What did the Flickering Myth staff think of this first look? Read on to see how much our writers matched up with public opinion…

Shaun Munro: Scott Buck’s the showrunner, so of course this looks and plays incredibly flat. It did almost nothing for me, unfortunately. I imagine the IMAX treatment will just enhance how cheap it all looks.

Tai Freligh: I know nothing about the Inhumans at all, so I went into this trailer with no preconceptions. It looks somewhat interesting, but I’m not sure I can handle another show where Iwan Rheon plays a Ramsay Bolton type of character. If so, I’d be rooting for him to get killed off right away as I can’t handle more of that.
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‘Wonder Woman’ Rules — and While Tom Cruise is Not a Flop, He’s No Longer in Control

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‘Wonder Woman’ Rules — and While Tom Cruise is Not a Flop, He’s No Longer in Control
Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.) built on its strong opening with a better than average second-weekend hold. The Patty Jenkins-directed D.C. Comic world entry is looking at strong foreign results, but it’s the domestic take where the response is strongest.

The same can’t be said for Universal’s attempt at a new series of classic monster character movies. “The Mummy” with Tom Cruise at the lead reinforced the big story for many top studio releases this summer so far. Foreign is strong initially, but domestic is weak even by relatively modest estimates.

In an otherwise unexceptional weekend, two wide releases — “It Comes At Night” (A24) and “Megan Leavey” (Bleecker Street) — from distributors usually associated with the specialized market placed in the top 10. Neither was stellar, but added about $10 million to the total. At this point, the boost is needed.

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1. Wonder Woman (Warner Bros.) Week 2 – Last weekend
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‘The Mummy’ Dies Domestically but Finds Life Overseas

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‘The Mummy’ Dies Domestically but Finds Life Overseas
It’s strangely appropriate that Universal’s “The Mummy” features Dr. Jekyll, as the film has received Jekyll-and-Hyde box office results with a weak domestic start and record-setting overseas receipts. Against a budget of $160 million, “The Mummy” only grossed an estimated $32.2 million domestically, putting it $25 million behind the $57.2 million second frame estimate posted by “Wonder Woman.” That’s a lower opening than every installment of Brendan Fraser’s “Mummy” films. Even the lowest-performing film in that franchise, the Dwayne Johnson spin-off “The Scorpion King,” had a $36 million opening back in 2002. Also Read: Summer Film Struggles: Producers Discuss How Digital...
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‘Wonder Woman’ Repeats Box Office Victory, Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’ Misfires

‘Wonder Woman’ Repeats Box Office Victory, Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’ Misfires
Different weekend, similar story: “Wonder Woman” is box office royalty.

The Warner Bros. and DC Comics standalone will have earned $57.2 million from 4,165 theaters by the end of its second weekend, putting it solidly in first place. That’s only a 45% drop from its opening weekend, giving the film an estimated $205 million domestically in two weekends.

The Gal Gadot-starrer will also make more during its second frame than did both “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” despite those films having larger opening weekends than “Wonder Woman” ($133.7 million for “Suicide Squad” and $166 million for “Batman v Superman”). Unlike those two films, Patty Jenkins’ has critical support — a current 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

“It’s an extraordinary hold for an extraordinary film,” said Jeff Goldstein, the distribution chief at Warner Bros. “When you open up at this high level, to have only a 45% drop, you just don’t see it.
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Hiram Garcia Promoted to President of Production at Seven Bucks Production

Hiram Garcia Promoted to President of Production at Seven Bucks Production
Hiram Garcia has been upped to president of production for Dany Garcia and Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Production banner.

Previously serving as VP of production, Garcia will oversee all film operations from development to release in addition to producing projects. Garcia will continue to leverage studio and network partnerships while maintaining Seven Bucks’ focus on creating content that inspires and entertains the global audience.

Garcia has been with the company since its inception and with Johnson since his days as a WWE superstar and early film projects like “The Scorpion King” and “Walking Tall.”

Garcia’s credits with Seven Bucks include “Baywatch,” “Hercules,” “Furious 7,” “Fate of the Furious,” “Central Intelligence,” and “San Andreas.” He continues to produce and develop creative content for Seven Bucks’ most anticipated feature films such as “Rampage,” “Black Adam” and “Shazam!,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Skyscraper,” “The Janson Directive,” “Fighting With My Family,
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Box Office: ‘The Mummy’ Sees Record Opening Day in Korea

Box Office: ‘The Mummy’ Sees Record Opening Day in Korea
Ahead of its release in the U.S., “The Mummy” is enjoying a strong opening in at least one overseas territory. The Tom Cruise film opened to $6.6 million in South Korea on Tuesday — that’s the biggest opening day ever in the market.

The previous record was set last year by “Train to Busan,” which went on to earn a record-shattering $34.3 million over its five-day opening run. The Korean zombie apocalypse movie still holds the record in the country for the highest single day gross with $9.9 million.

Cruise is toplining the newest Mummy movie, the cast of which also includes Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, and Russell Crowe. Alex Kurtzman directed the movie based on a script from a team of writers — David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman. Kurtzman, Jon Spaihts, and Jenny Lumet have story credits.

The original “Mummy” was released in
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Jim Carrey's The Mask Was Almost a Horror Movie

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Jim Carrey's The Mask Was Almost a Horror Movie
The Mask director Chuck Russell reveals that the action comedy was originally conceived to be a horror movie. 1994 was a huge year for Jim Carrey, he starred in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, and The Mask. While looking at those three movies, one of them is not like the others. And it appears as if it could have been even more different. The Mask is a comedy, but it's a bit dark when compared to the other 2 outings that made Carrey a box office super star.

Russell (The Scorpion King, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) spoke to Xfinity about the 30th anniversary of Dream Warriors and also shared the interesting anecdote about The Mask. As it turns out, The Mask was originally conceived as a horror movie with Carrey starring as a Freddy Krueger-esque character. Russell explains.

"It's a great example of really fighting for your vision in a film.
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Can Wonder Woman Stop The Mummy from Terrorizing the Box Office?

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Can Wonder Woman Stop The Mummy from Terrorizing the Box Office?
Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman headed into its box office opening weekend with a myriad of contrasting projections, with some predicting a debut between $65 million and $85 million, while others projected as high as a $105 million debut. As it turns out, the latter projection was more accurate, with the actual numbers coming in even higher than the estimates, with Wonder Woman earning $103.2 million in its debut. This weekend, the superhero adventure goes up against three wildly different films, Universal's The Mummy reboot, A24's thriller It Comes At Night and Bleecker Street's true story adaptation Megan Leavey. While it may be a closer race than some may expect, Wonder Woman should repeat atop the box office for its second straight weekend with $56.7 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that The Mummy reboot is slated to open in 4,000 theaters, and while both It Comes at Night and Megan Leavey are expected to debut in wide release,
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Universal’s Dark Universe Reportedly Courting Dwayne Johnson To Play The Wolfman

Dwayne Johnson’s last dalliance with the underworld of gods and monsters came in the form of 2002 Mummy spinoff, The Scorpion King, but according to a new rumor relayed by The Hollywood Reporter (via Collider), the former WWE superstar is one of many actors linked to the part of The Wolfman in Universal’s embryonic Dark Universe.

Kicking off with the release of Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy on June 9th – Kurtzman is one of the key architects pulling the strings behind Universal’s interconnected beast, alongside writing partner Chris Morgan – so far there are plans in place for four additional entries in the Dark Universe: The Invisible Man (Johnny Depp), Dr. Jekyll (Russell Crowe), Frankenstein’s Monster (Javier Bardem) and Bride of Frankenstein, the latter of which will be directed by Beauty and the Beast‘s Bill Condon.

But if that five-part franchise-starter is angled as phase one of Universal’s Dark Universe,
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Cannes 2017: Joe Lynch's Mayhem Goes to Shudder!

Joe Lynch’s action/thriller Mayhem will distribute through AMC Networks’ Shudder streaming service in a deal finalized at the 70th Cannes International Film Festival. The film first premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival to positive reviews.

Directed by Joe Lynch (Everly) and written by Matias Caruso, the film stars Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Samara Weaving (Monster Trucks), Steven Brand (The Scorpion King) and Dallas Roberts (Dallas Buyers Club).

Rlje plans to release Mayhem in theaters and On Demand in Q4 2017, with the Shudder streaming premiere slated for early 2 [Continued ...]
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Rlj Entertainment and Shudder Acquire North American Rights to Joe Lynch’s Mayhem, Starring Steven Yeun

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We've been excited for Daily Dead readers to see Joe Lynch's Mayhem since it made its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival (read Heather's review here), and now horror fans know when to mark their calendars, as Rlj Entertainment and AMC's streaming service Shudder have acquired North American rights to the office-set horror comedy.

Rlj Entertainment has slated Mayhem for a theatrical and VOD late this year, with Shudder set to stream the film in early 2018. A trailer has yet to be revealed, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed. In the meantime, check out Heather's SXSW interview with Lynch.

Press Release: Los Angeles, May 24, 2017 – Rlj Entertainment and AMC Networks’ Shudder are partnering on the North American release of Joe Lynch’s action/thriller MAYHEMthrough a deal finalized at the 70th Cannes International Film Festival. The film first premiered at
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Steven Yeun’s Action-Thriller ‘Mayhem’ Lands at Rlj Entertainment, AMC Shudder (Exclusive)

Steven Yeun’s Action-Thriller ‘Mayhem’ Lands at Rlj Entertainment, AMC Shudder (Exclusive)
Rlj Entertainment and AMC Networks’ Shudder are partnering on the North American release of action-thriller “Mayhem,” starring Steven Yeun of “The Walking Dead.”

The deal was finalized Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival. The film premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival in a story of an airborne virus infecting the corporate tower of a major law firm on the day an attorney, played by Yeun, is wrongfully fired. The infection is capable of making people act out on their most erratic impulses and viral rage takes over. Trapped in the quarantined building, Yeun’s character is forced to fearlessly fight for his job, his redemption, and his life.

Joe Lynch directed from a Matias Caruso script. Samara Weaving, Steven Brand (“The Scorpion King”), and Dallas Roberts (“Dallas Buyers Club”) also star.

Joe Leydon wrote in his SXSW review for Variety:
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Annabelle: Creation and The Beguiled to Screen at La Film Festival 2017

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The dangerous doll from The Conjuring franchise is coming to the West Coast this June, as Warner Bros. will present a special advance screening of Annabelle: Creation ahead of its theatrical release this August, with Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled also announced for the festival.

Press Release: Los Angeles (May 23, 2017)— Today the La Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, announced the Gala Screening of New Line Cinema’s Annabelle: Creation, directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson with Anthony Lapaglia and Miranda Otto. Also unveiled today, the panels for Diversity Speaks and the Global Media Makers.

Award-winning film company Focus Features will commemorate its 15th anniversary at the La Film Festival with five movies including revival programming and a newly added advance screening of Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled starring Colin Farrell,
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May 16th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Dracula and The Mummy Legacy Collections

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May has been a great month for horror and sci-fi releases so far, and this Tuesday looks to be another great week for fans looking to expand their home entertainment collections.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is bringing home the latest installment in the Resident Evil franchise on May 16th, with several types of releases for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, as well as Resident Evil: The Complete Collection, which brings all the films in the series together.

Scream Factory is keeping busy with their two rat-tastic cult Blu-ray titles on Tuesday, Willard and Ben, and with the new Mummy movie coming our way, Universal has assembled several Universal Monsters box sets that classic horror fans are going to want to pick up this week.

Ben (Scream Factory, Blu/DVD Combo)

Ben is back! When detective sergeant Cliff Kirtland (Joseph Campanella, Meteor) investigates the horrifying murder of Willard Stiles by a band of rats,
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‘The Mask’ Director Chuck Russell Boards Las Vegas Fantasy Movie ‘The Seven Sins’

‘The Mask’ Director Chuck Russell Boards Las Vegas Fantasy Movie ‘The Seven Sins’
Fabrizio Boccardi’s Tyrant One Imperium Pictures has signed “The Mask” director Chuck Russell to helm the fantasy-adventure movie “The Seven Sins” from his own script.

The project is based on John Land’s books “The Seven Sins: The Tyrant Ascending” and “Black Scorpion: The Tyrant Reborn,” which are based on the Michael Tiranno character created by Boccardi, a self-made Italian businessman.

“The books have the grit, glamour, and dark side of Las Vegas, but what makes them unique is their hero, Michael Tiranno,” Russell said.

“Orphaned as a boy in Sicily when his family was slaughtered by his father’s enemies, Michael fought his way to the top of the gaming world, opening his own casino,” Russell added. “Michael is forced to rise to a greater calling by his possession of an ancient medallion that guides his destiny. He becomes a new kind of superhero, drawn into a life
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