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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ is (Surprisingly) a Horror Fan’s Wet Dream

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It’s like The Cabin in the Woods… for kids!

We horror fans are often begging to see our favorite villains mashed together within the same universe, which is probably why so many of us hold movies like The Monster Squad and Freddy vs. Jason so near and dear – it’s also why little Easter eggs like Freddy’s glove in Evil Dead 2 and the Xenomorph skull in Predator 2 made us all so giddy back in the day.

The idea of our favorite villains coming together to wreak havoc is undoubtedly a fun one, and no film to date has proven that more than The Cabin in the Woods. Released in 2012, the self-aware horror flick united (unofficial versions of) cinema’s most iconic monsters under the same umbrella, unleashing a full-on monster mash of insanity in the final act.

Oddly enough, The Lego Batman Movie does much the same thing.

No really. I’m not even kidding.

I totally missed The Lego Batman Movie when it was released in theaters back in February, but I had the chance to check it out last night now that’s it on home video; much to my surprise, the animated DC Film is absolutely loaded with iconic movie monsters. In fact, the entire plot of the film centers around them!

Around the 50-minute mark, Batman banishes the Joker to the Phantom Zone, a space prison that houses the most evil villains in the world. Joker had previously been using an army of DC villains in his attempt to take over Gotham, but when Batman handily defeats them (yet again), he enlists the help of the Phantom Zone’s denizens.

This is when The Lego Batman Movie becomes a monster mash of pretty epic proportions. The Phantom Zone spills out into Gotham, unleashing Gremlins, Dracula, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, King Kong, the Kraken from Clash of the Titans (or Godzilla, if you prefer), and even Sauron from The Lord of the Rings!

Much like The Cabin in the Woods, most of the monsters aren’t directly referred to by their movie names – except for the Gremlins, who fall under the Warner Bros. umbrella – allowing them to cleverly be used within the movie. Other Phantom Zone henchmen include a T-rex and velociraptors which one can assume are from Jurassic Park, as well as a shark that might as well be the shark from Jaws. Generic dinosaurs and sharks are part of existing Lego playsets, mind you, but the intent seems clear: these are movie monsters, banished to the Phantom Zone by movie heroes.

I fully expected The Lego Batman Movie to be a DC fan’s wet dream, and it absolutely is (Egghead, Vincent Price’s “Batman” character, even pops up!), but I had no idea going into the film that it’s also a horror fan’s wet dream. As much fun as I was having watching so many iconic monsters do their thing as a team, I was also smiling ear to ear at the thought of the kids of today being introduced to those villains for the very first time.

Maybe a few new Gremlins fans, for example, will be created thanks to Lego Batman.

Check out screen-grabs of all the Lego Batman monsters below and don’t miss this one!


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