While I absolutely adore Doug Jones and everything he’s done to bring mystical and fascinating creatures to life, I’m thrilled that someone else is getting recognition for the same thing. That someone else is none other than Javier Botet, who our own John Squires wrote about just last week. Jones has brought a lot of wonder and magic to the screen but more importantly he created a fascination with the people who do such work, which is why it’s so important to keep that attention going and appreciate Botet and the terror he’s brought to the horror genre.
For example, we already know that he was the titular creature in Andy Muschietti’s Mama and was recently the “Crooked Man” in The Conjuring 2. He was featured in Crimson Peak, “The Strain”, Witching & Bitching, and the first thre [Rec] films.
But did you know that Botet has been locked down to appear in both Universal’s upcoming remake of The Mummy as well as working once again with Muschietti in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s It? Neither role has been made clear but knowing the strengths of Botet, I’m sure we’ll be seeing some truly eerie and sinister creatures in both films.
If we were to speculate, then I don’t think it’d be out of the realm of possibility for Botet to play a decrepit version of The Mummy, much like the lack-of-skin one we saw Arnold Vosloo portray in 1999. As for It, maybe we’ll be seeing a spindly, twisted version of Pennywise? Or perhaps Botet will portray the mutated spider in the climactic scene?
No matter what, Botet is going to add his own special flavor to both movies and I can’t wait to see his performance.