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Upcoming Universal Monster Movies WILL Be Horror, Not Just Action

Last year, we reported that Universal was planning on returning to the Universal Monsters that fans hold so near and dear. However, there was a slight addendum to their announcement in that they planned on taking the films into a more “action-adventure” route, a lá Dracula Untold. Well, we all know how that turned out…

However, there may be reason to cling to hope as Alex Kurtzman, who will be the executive producer and director of the upcoming adaptation of The Mummy, is saying that horror isn’t out of the picture and that we should indeed be ready for some scares!

Kurtzman stated at the TCA March Of Death:

I think there was some lost in translation quality to the way it was received, because I promise you there will be horror in these movies. It is our life goal to make a horror movie. The tricky part is actually how you combine horror with either adventure or suspense or action and be true to all the genres together. In some way, Mummy, dating all the way back to the Karloff movie, was the first to do that. It was the first to combine horror with — I wouldn’t say action, but certainly a lot of suspense. So it’s more about how you blend the different elements and stay true to each one, but there will definitely be horror in the monster movies…We will hopefully serve it up good and plenty.

Devin Faraci over at Birth.Movies.Death. states that he’s read an early draft of the film and that there are some horrific elements to the script, although not the kind we want. In fact, it sounds rather worrisome.

Hopefully Universal will give the films the attention to detail that they deserve. It was all about story and atmosphere. Studios these days seem to focus on just one, skimping out on the other, which is a damn shame.



  • Eizzy IceBorne

    Errr . . . I don`t wanna talk bad about things that aren`t even in production now. But it reminds me very hard on same bullshit they have told us before Dracula Untold.

    Horror Bla Bla . . . and it will be dark bla bla . . . and it`s going to be bloody bla bla. And then compare such talk with the result. They kept no f*****g promise!

  • “Let’s just hit every genre to appeal to the biggest audience. Don’t forget to get a Pg-13 rating!”

  • Chris Taylor

    This coming from the guy who brought us spider man 2, transformers, star trek also cowboys and aliens…sounds like action-adventure to me *sigh*

    • Yeah, not buying it for a second.

    • Evan3

      You mean Amazing Spider Man 2. Spider Man 2 is one of the all-time greatest comic book films of all time.

      • Damn right it is, hail to the Raimi!

  • Royal Rican Prince

    Let’s wait until we ‘see’ it!

    • Adam Clifton

      Yeah, because that went so well with Fantastic Four lol

  • Christian

    ”It is our life goal to make a horror movie.”. Good joke.

    • Khy


  • disqus_JGr7FxyRat

    Not convincing in the slightest. I wont be paying to see these.

  • Alanmac

    If it’s your “life goal to make a horror movie” then I would think step 1 would be stop worrying about trying to “combine horror with either adventure or suspense or action”.

    • James Allard

      Yep. This. Couldn’t agree more. Louis Sullivan stated it best, and while he was talking about his field (architecture) it applies to all artistic endeavors: Form Follows Function.

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      Some of the best movies combine genres. And they have to reach as wide an audience as possible, so there has to be an action/adventure component. Hell, as a horror fan, that’s not something I’d not only expect from this movie, but WANT. I love genre mashers. I am an action and adventure fan too, put it all in the pot. If you want those big box office numbers you’ve got to have something for everybody. World War Z is a perfect example of this. My brother hates horror but sought out that movie because of its wide scale action component, and liked it. It made $540m WW.

      • Alanmac

        Agreed. I like a ton of movies that mesh everything up as well but with the track record Universal has had recently with their monster movies it doesn’t seem to be working for them so it sounds like they just need to focus on one part of it if their life goal is to make a horror movie.

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  • Grimphantom

    That’s what they say……..

    Anyway i have seen how well horror/comedy and adventure are combine so well in Gravity Falls. Sure it’s a cartoon but the way they handle some of the scenes that even made some very dramatic scenes along by adding some comedy to it work so well.

    if they truly have a hard time then don’t make the dang movie, they know they will have difficult as we saw with the Fantastic Four.


    I grew up watching the Universal Monsters, and I cannot wait to see these new incarnations of them and watch them with my son!

    • Evan3

      I am incredibly confused. If you loved the Universal Monsters…. watch those movies with your son. They are very easy to buy/stream/etc. Why take your son to a movie that will do nothing but desecrate the Universal Monsters?


        I’m sure not all of them will be awful. My boy and I are in it for the monsters.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    Regarding horror: ” We will hopefully serve it up nice and plenty” sounds like it’s not up to him and up to the studio which is never good. Get a really good director and let him do whatever he wants. There were no demos and study groups for the original that’s why they were so damn good it was treated like art like it should be. This sounds like more PG-13 garbage that will be remade 10 years later from now.

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