The Mummy trailer was accidentally uploaded with half of the sound effects missing, and it's a work of art

The botched trailer miraculously remained on the IMAX YouTube channel for over six days

Clarisse Loughrey
Tuesday 20 December 2016 09:21
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Universal's The Mummy reboot promises a high-octane return to its world of monsters.

Led by Tom Cruise, the film is the first of a slated series of rebooted monster flicks, alongside Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, and Van Helsing, with an Avengers-style team-up movie also planned.

Naturally, IMAX wanted to get in on the film's hype and put out a trailer worthy of all those multiplex thrills and chills; yet, what was uploaded to YouTube was something close to accidental comedic art, with a botched version stripping the film's trailer of most of its sound effects.

Without the plane engine roars, explosions, or rushing air, what's left is a small collection of weird people noises - grunts, yelps, and screams. Plus, one of Tom Cruise's screams looped over twice because what star needs more than two takes to nail a yell.

Perhaps the most incredible part of this tale is that the video was somehow left up on the IMAX YouTube page for over six days, which is about a century in internet terms; so that by the time it was finally taken down, the clip had already pretty much circulated to every corner of the internet.

Enjoy one and half minutes of pure audio surrealism.


The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman, who penned Mission Impossible III, with a screenplay by Prometheus-scribe Jon Spaihts, who also worked on Marvel's Doctor Strange. Cruise and Sofia Boutella - playing a gender-bent take on the titular creature - are joined by Russell Crowe, Peaky Blinders' Annabelle Wallis, New Girl's Jake Johnson, and American Crime Story's Courtney B. Vance.

The Mummy hits UK cinemas 9 June 2017.

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