Friday, 4 October 2019

Halloween 2019 Horror Movie Mini Tour Of London: The Mummy

DC Editor Adam writes

Halloween is coming and I'm a bit of a fan.

Throughout October I'm going to be sharing a few Halloween posts to accompany my ghost- and horror-themed tours over the season.


A Horror Movie Mini-Tour of London No.3… The Mummy (2017)


In the Halloween Special episode of the London Walks Podcast 2017, I reviewed The Mummy down through the years from 1932 to 2017 (see foot of the post).

The most recent version, starring Tom Cruise, fared terribly at the hands of the critics and was somewhat buried by Wonder Woman at the box office.

Me? I rather enjoyed it… up to a point. As you will hear in the podcast (scroll down to listen), I think it suffered from being the opening salvo in the ambitious but now kaput Universal Studios Dark Universe franchise. Not only did it have the burden of setting up said Universe, but it also had a huge burden of expectation.

One of the things I loved most about it was the London-Spotting - much of the action is set here in the capital and in this Mini Tour of Horror Movie London, I'll point you toward a few of those locations…



The Mummy is available to buy now on all the usual platforms. 




The Mummy (2017) – London Locations

Is that Australia House on Aldwych being blown to smithereens by a sorely pissed-off Mummy?

 

(If it is, then there's a small irony to the matter: Australia House also has a role in the aforementioned box office rival Wonder Woman, playing the role of Selfridge's department store.)

The scene where the sandstorm blows furiously over Westminster Bridge is incredibly dramatic…

 


Mr Cruise is no stranger to our London pubs. He has a pint at The Anchor Bankside in Mission: Impossible. And in The Mummy, he sups at the London boozer once referred to by an Aussie London Walker on one of my tours as "The Wozza". The Warrington in Maida Vale is a rare London example of an Art Nouveau pub and once had something of a colourful reputation.

You can find The Wozza here…




But it's the CGI scenes of havoc in the City that are most memorable. It's no surprise that they feature in the trailer for the movie…





The Natural History Museum also gets a cameo role in a very dramatic chase sequence which ends up making a LOT of mess (see also the trailer)…






One last thing… is that Big Ben plopped down in the middle of the City of London?






The Mummy is available to buy now.

The official site for the movie is here: www.universalpictures.com/movies/the-mummy

Here's a behind-the-scenes look…






Catch up with the London Walks Podcast featuring The Mummy here…





Next time: 28 Days Later


Join me on the London Horror Story Tour here in London this October. I'm leading the tour on Tuesdays 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th October & Saturdays 12th, 19th & 26th October. Book here…



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