A few weeks ago news hit that the producers of the upcoming super serious Van Helsing remake, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (who also wrote Transformers, Star Trek Into Darkness and Cowboys And Aliens), were going to be creating an Avengers type universe with the Universal Monsters library. A lot of people treated this like it was a new idea, but the fact is these creatures have crossed paths many times before, going back almost 80 years.
Even studios that weren’t Universal have gotten super close to this idea, chief among them TriStar back in 1987 with Fred Dekker’s The Monster Squad. While it’s not a perfect film, it’s a lot of fun (helped in no small part by a script from Shane Black). It’s also the closest thing we’ve seen in recent years to the scenario that seems to be in everyone’s heads – these monsters teaming up for some reason. The idea of Dracula, Wolf Man, Frankenstein’s Monster and Gill Man joining forces is inherently dumb, so something in this tone is pretty much the only way it works. For the life of me I can’t imagine a $100M+ film by committee matching it.
There’s also the framework of Kurtzman and Orci’s past work, which doesn’t really sing to me the way this does (what with its internal logic and beginning, middle and end). So what do you think? Sure Monster Squad is just a cute Goonies riff, but is there any scenario in which this idea gets better? READ MORE
We’re back from vacation. The 40oz. Of Horror Podcast was absent last week, but with good reason — Chad was MIA while visiting Eli Roth’s Goretorium. Is it worth the cost of admission? Chad has the answer.
Are Netflix original series worthy of marathon viewings? Chad and James go toe-to-toe and duke it out over original on-demand television — what is your opinion?
In WTF News, we talk about a company who will mail your enemies… well, something brown and smelly. And of course we have tons of horror news to catch you up.
Also, we must apologize for the drunken shitshow that was last episode. If you were drinking along, sorry for your hangover.
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For the first time ever, eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-ray as Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection debuts today, October 2, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters—imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-ray, a collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, correspondence and much more. Each iconic film is accompanied by an array of bonus features that tell the fascinating story of its creation and history, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, storyboards, photo galleries, and trailers. Especially appealing for fans are a never-before-seen featurette about the restoration of Dracula and the first ever offering of Creature from the Black Lagoon in its restored Blu-ray 3D version!
From the era of silent movies through the present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection honors the studio’s accomplishments with the most iconic monsters in motion-picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Featuring performances by legends of the horror genre, including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester, these eight iconic films also feature groundbreaking special effects and innovative makeup that continue to influence filmmakers into the 21st century. Sure to be a Halloween favorite for years to come, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection is the ideal gift for film buffs and horror aficionados alike!
We’ve got a brand new trailer inside along with video that came out in June depicting the Dracula restoration process. Also included are full specs! READ MORE
From October 19th to November 10th, Mondo will be holding a gallery show featuring numerous posters for the classic Universal Monster movies! Today they unveiled their take on Creature From The Black Lagoon by artist Laurent Durieux. This guy is limited to 475 prints and will be available for sale at the Mondo pop-up store at the Alamo Drafthouse S. Lamar on Friday, 9/21.
When the show opens it will feature one-sheets from dozens of world-renowned artists including Martin Ansin, Rick Baker, JC Richard, Kevin Tong, Ken Taylor and many more. The gallery will also include original, never-before-seen works from legendary poster artist Drew Struzan. A full roster of artists can be found in the postcard image below the jump.
The Mondo pop-up store at Fantastic Fest will also boast a new line of limited edition shirts from Tyler Stout. Entitled “Brain Damage”, the collection features a wealth of new designs from Tyler and a cadre of artists personally selected by Tyler himself. You can check out some of those below as well.
Head inside for a look at the full Black Lagoon poster and a peek at those T-Shirts! READ MORE