This year, NECA is digging back into the history of horror with a new, incredibly detailed line of action figures based on the classic Universal Monsters. The first one out of the gate is Frankenstein this summer, but this fall will bring The Wolf Man to your shelf, featuring an outstanding likeness of actor Lon Chaney Jr. from the classic 1941 monster movie. Read More »
It’s going to be a graveyard smash over at Mondo, who are releasing four Universal Monsters puzzles this December. The puzzles, which feature Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Dracula, and Creature from the Black Lagoon, are designed by beloved poster artist Francesco Francavilla, whose classic designs have been transformed into gorgeous 1,000-piece puzzles.
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It’s October, and for many that means it might as well just be Halloween already. Bottleneck Gallery is certainly celebrating early by teaming up with Vice Press to release two new horrifying but outstanding posters by artist Anthony Petrie for the horror classics The Wolf Man and Night of the Living Dead. Both are limited edition and will only be available while supplies last, so check them out below and find out when and where you can grab them. Read More »
Mondo is at it again, hosting yet another show devoted to art focused around the classic Universal Monsters. Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy and various other characters featured in the hit song The Monster Mash will all be making an appearance at the show….at least in art from. The monsters won’t really be there, because that would too terrifying. Check out some of the pieces from the Mondo Universal Monsters gallery show below.
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Last year it was revealed that Fast and the Furious producer Chris Morgan was teaming with screenwriter/director Alex Kurtzman to design a Universal Monsters cinematic universe. The plan was to reboot the Universal Monsters properties, including characters such as Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon, each with their own movies leading to an Avengers-type film that would bring them all together.
The trailer for the first film in the series, The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, was released over the weekend, giving us a first look at the Universal Monster movie universe. I had the opportunity to talk with director Alex Kurtzman about the creation of this world, what their intentions are, how they hope to bring it all together and more. Please note the headline comparison to Marvel is my own, not Kurtzman’s. Although I think its obvious that Kurtzman’s opinion on building a cinematic movie universe seem to closely reflect Marvel Studios’ own philosophies and approach.
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Posted on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Universal must be feeling pretty good about the upcoming remake of The Mummy that’s arriving next year because they keep on adding more names to their ever-expanding monsters universe. The latest person to have their name thrown into the ring is screenwriter David Callaham, who has been tasked with resurrecting The Wolf Man.
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The Toy Box is a recurring feature at /Film that rounds up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
Today we’ve got a set of some of the best Ghostbusters figures I’ve ever seen, a new Hot Toys version of Finn as FN-2187 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a great collectible version of the Batmobile from the classic 1966 Batman television series and more.
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I’ll give Universal this much: they appear to be hellbent on ensuring that their upcoming Universal monster revivals are major events. The original films were B-movies in the classic sense of the word, produced for small budgets by clever filmmakers forced to work within the confines of a genre that many audiences and artists simply did not take seriously. Time has been kind to Dracula and Frankenstein and the rest of their cinematic siblings, but it took a few decades for the original run of classic monster movies to truly earn their place in the larger cultural canon.
And now, we’re looking at a possible future where Dwayne Johnson, one of the biggest movie stars in the world, is apparently being eyed to star in a new version of The Wolf Man.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
Universal’s upcoming slate just got a little bit spookier. The studio has locked down a 2019 release date for the third installment of its nascent Universal Monsters franchise, which kicks off in 2017 with a reboot of The Mummy and continues in 2018 with an as-yet-untitled film. In addition, they’ve also set aside a spring 2018 date for an unrelated R-rated comedy. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
We have written about our trepidation over Universal’s plans to revive their classic monsters several times now. Sure, the “shared universe” approach works wonders for the likes of Marvel, but is it really the right way to approach classic characters like Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Mummy? Do we need Van Helsing to brush shoulders with the Creature from the Black Lagoon? Will he have to endure jokes about Samuel L. Jackson showing up after the credits to recruit the monsters for a secret team? It’s enough to cause Universal monster fans to break out in an icy sweat.
But enough of that for now. These movies are happening! And while The Mummy is happening first, it looks like The Wolf Man reboot will be next in line. It has a release date and everything.
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