ByEmily Browne, writer at
Twitter: @emrbrowne
Emily Browne

Looks like some poor intern at IMAX HQ is in a bit of hot water this week, after a non-mixed version of Tom Cruise's upcoming monster reboot, The Mummy was uploaded on Youtube with most of its audio missing. The trailer — which is so awkward without the proper sound — was accidentally uploaded to IMAX's account and stayed there for a whole six days before it was taken down.

'The Mummy' [Credit: Universal]
'The Mummy' [Credit: Universal]

The result it a work of art. The two-minute trailer which was supposed to be IMAX's way of getting in on action, but it's more comedy than anything else, and is arguably better than the original. Combining rich silences with bizarre cries of terror, this trailer is a surrealist dream...

Without the sound of explosions, music and general hubbub, we have isolated dialogue, gasps, yelps and well, acting. Tom Cruise screaming into the void is even looped twice (1:13) because when you're you don't need to do two takes. As expected, Twitter has jumped all over IMAX's boob, coming up with their own bizarre versions of the half-finished trailer.

It's even given birth to a brand new meme called The Tom Cruise Wilhelm Scream. A Wilhelm scream, for those that don't know, is a piece of audio that was recorded in 1951, of a high pitched scream that has been used in more than 225 movies and sounds like this.

More like this?

Well thanks to the Internet, we can abandon the Wilhelm scream for an updated 2016 version:

The Mummy is a reboot of the 1997 Brandon Fraser movie, and stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe. It is the first part of 's shared monster universe, which will eventually include reboots of Van Helsing, the Invisible Man and the Bride of Frankenstein. If i'm to be completely honest, I'd rather the whole movie was uploaded with sub-par sound effects — comedy gold! Here's the original trailer, so you know what it's supposed to sound like:

The Mummy is to be released on June 9, 2017.


Which trailer did you prefer?


Latest from our Creators