Last week we traveled to Orlando Florida to experience Halloween Horror Nights 29 at Universal Orlando Resort. You can watch the video of our very first trip to the mecha of horror haunted houses in our previous post. Today we are taking you on a tour of the HHN 29 Tribute Store, which is insanely themed and filled with merchandise divided between Ghostbusters, Stranger Things and Universal Monsters. Hit the jump to watch the 2019 Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store.

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We are long-time fans of Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Studios Hollywood but have never been to the version in Universal Studios Florida. The opening nights usually occur on the same exact night, but this year Universal Orlando Resort opened their version a week earlier. So last night we got to experience Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando for the first time ever. How does HHN 29 stack up? Is Halloween Horror Nights 2019 Orlando really bigger and better than the Hollywood version? Watch our video showing highlights from every single haunted house, every scare zone, and both of the shows.

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Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights is bringing its classic Universal Monsters (sorry, Dark Universe) to life with a new maze inspired by the 1943 film Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, and a new haunted house attraction, too. The maze will take the elements of the classic movie, and update them for the 21st century – whatever that means. Maybe the Wolf Man will use SnapChat. Guests will also be “hunted” by other Universal Monsters, including that blood-sucking fiend Dracula, at a new Universal Monsters haunted house experience.

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The Invisible Man

Just last month, we learned Jason Blum and his über-successful Bluhouse Productions banner were tackling a remake of The Invisible Man, the first in what could be many revamps of Universal’s classic movie monsters. The Dark Universe that began with Tom Cruise’s The Mummy in 2017 is dead, which means they’re taking a whole new approach to some of horror’s most revered monsters. Producer Jason Blum has opened up about how The Invisible Man deal came about and teased a hopeful future for the rest of the Universal monsters.

Meanwhile, Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander is already trying to get on board the Universal monsters retooling with an idea for The Mummy reboot. Alexander has pitched the idea to the studio, but she’s not confident it’ll get picked up, so she teased what it’s all about for those curious. Read More »

Universal has announced that all systems are “Go!” on an Invisible Man reboot to be written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Upgrade), with the horror maestros at Blumhouse steering the ship. Sorry, “Dark Universe.” Blumhouse’s involvement teases the capability to reboot Universal’s entire classic monster catalog should The Invisible Man rake in profits, which – by Blumhouse’s margin-friendly methods – shouldn’t be an outstanding ask. Pretty big news for horror fans.

In looking towards the (inevitable?) future, there exists no set-in-stone roster of filmmakers should other monster reboots be announced. Could we call ourselves online journalists here at /Film if someone didn’t rise to the challenge of drafting their fantasy lineup of possible fill-ins? Speculate, opinionate, debate! I’m here to drop my murderer’s row of creators who’d make us all forget Johnny Depp was EVER slated to play a Dark Universe icon – but, plot twist, I’m not alone.

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New Blu-ray Releases Solo

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Solo: A Star Wars Story is arriving on Blu-ray, just in time for audiences to discover it’s not nearly as bad as some people claimed it was. In fact, it’s fun! And you can finally see Bradford Young’s cinematography the way it was intended to be. Solo is joined by the star-studded Ocean’s 8, the must-have Universal Monsters box set, and, uh…Gotti!

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond.

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Contest: Win a Universal Monsters Blu-ray Box Set

Universal Monsters Blu-ray contest

Halloween is right around the corner, so why not kick off the spookiest season of all with the Universal Monsters Blu-ray box set? This whopping 30-film collection has some of the best classic horror movies ever made, together for the first time on Blu-ray. And here’s the best part: we’re giving one away for free.

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If you still haven’t washed the bad taste of Universal’s Dark Universe out of your mouth, this might help. A new Universal Monsters Blu-ray box set will be hitting shelves just in time for the Halloween season, offering up 30 black and white horror classics.

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Rejoice, fans of ill-conceived ideas! Universal’s Dark Universe might still be alive! We all thought the Dark Universe would crawl back into the grave after the disaster that was The Mummy, but it looks like Universal’s monster franchise might still have some life left in it.

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The last time Mondo put together a gallery show celebrating the Universal Studios monsters, it was 2012 and it set a high bar for all of their future events. And now, their second monsters-centric show is here and it resets the bar again.

Mondo’s latest gallery, dedicated to Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and the rest of that creepy and unnervingly sympathetic family of things that go bump in the night, opened tonight and it’s spectacular. You can check out all of the posters that debuted below.

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