Jul 172014

Fans of classic horror know by heart the Universal monsters lineup. There’s Dracula, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Bride of Frankenstein, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. We grew up watching them either on Saturday afternoons or on late night shows like Creature Feature. To me, there’s just something special about that era and Universal has never been able to recapture it. That doesn’t mean that they’re not going to try as we can now look forward to an Universal monsters reboot.

Universal monsters
It seems that Universal is taking a page out of the Marvel playbook and wants to create a series of film within a shared universe. The first movie in this lineup will be The Mummy in 2016. If things go as planned, we can assume that not only will we get single monster movies, but that we’ll also get ones that feature multiple monsters. On one hand, this news excites me as I won’t mind seeing classic monsters revived for modern audiences, but I do worry a great deal about the execution.

Let’s be clear. I don’t want a bunch of CGI crap in place of solid makeup and practical effects. The classic Universal monsters have stood the test of time that few others have. Writing these scripts will be Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek, and Amazing Spider-Man) and Chris Morgan (Fast and Furious series). It all starts with a solid script like all the classic horror movies, but it also needs an insane attention to detail. I want fog-shrouded streets and gothic architecture, along with good actors that won’t ham it up with cheesy one-liners. We can always hope that Universal treats their legacy with respect, but if they don’t, at least we still have the originals we can watch to our heart’s content.

  One Response to “Universal Monsters Reboot Coming”

  1. Me scarier than them! Me shuffle around and scare people with lumpy boil back! Me first movie called ‘Beware the Boil!’ Me big star now!

    No kill I!

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