Please Don’t Ruin The Monsters You Created!! + Special Announcement

At the end of a week that saw Universal Pictures bring Russell Crowe on board to star in the planned reboot of The Mummy alongside Tom Cruise, I’m writing this with some worry in my heart. What many are considering Universal’s answer to the MCU, this new Monster Movie Universe (or MMU as I might call it) has potential to bring a whole new fan-base to those classic monsters and be a great success…but as optimistic as I usually like to be, I hold these creations near and dear to my heart…it would wreck me to see them ruined in a project that they’re clearly putting a lot of thought into…

Let’s get this straight right at the start, I will be seeing these films regardless and I hope to whatever superior power there may be out there that I love these films…but it’s not difficult to look at the track record of reboots of beloved older films and realise that they’re mostly gah-bage. Yes, the Magnificent Seven remake releasing later this summer does look pretty good…but will it hold up to it’s predecessors, Seven Samurai, and the original Magnificent Seven?? I highly doubt it. You can call me stuffy, you can say I’m a film snob and most of the time I’ll agree with you but for the most part, the old saying, ‘nothing’s as good as the original’ is true.

If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about when I say the new Monster Movie Universe then here’s a little briefing…

Universal, the studio that dominated the horror genre in it’s peak decades of the 1930s and 40s and brought you the legendary characters of Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Wolfman, The Mummy and The Invisible Man to the screen for the first time are rebooting those films for a new audience with plans to release one film a year. So far, sourced from this article from Variety, Universal have set release dates of June 2017, April 2018 and Feb 2019 for it’s first three films in the new Monster Movie Universe with the first released being the Tom Cruise/Russell Crowe starring ‘The Mummy’.

Alex Kurtzman is directing the now filming ‘The Mummy’ and he, along with Chris Morgan will be the main producers of the entire universe. Universal have stated that the other films planned are centred on the characters of Dracula, Van Helsing, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolfman and The Invisible Man with Morgan saying:

‘This is not a heightened world. We’re exploring issues of family identity and questions of ‘where do I belong in the world?’ 

I won’t lie to you…that quote gives me more hope that they may know what they’re doing here. Universal did create these guys for the screen after all so if anyone would know how to bring them back, it’s them. But still, the feeling of worry looms over me and the question ‘why…why would you do this??’ keeps ringing in my ears. Maybe it’s my distaste for remakes and reboots, maybe it’s my belief that once something is created, you should only look to expand, not retread or maybe my worry is actually valid. We’ve seen the recent spins on the likes of Dracula (Dracula: Untold) and Frankenstein (Victor Frankenstein) and let’s just say that was a waste of everyone’s time right!?

This new universe will have the monsters crossing paths with each other in their various films. An idea that I really don’t like the sound of. Ask yourself what were the worst horrors of the original 30s/40s bunch…it was the slightly silly Frankenstein meets Dracula vs The Mummy meets The Wolfman films of the mid 40s and I just get a slight nasty taste in my mouth when I hear them say that they’re going to cross over. Maybe they have something worked out to make it work well though…who knows?? Certainly not me…I’m just hear to offer my opinion and speculate.

The classic monster films are some of those that, being a horror fan big enough to here announce my intention of starting a movie podcast centred around the genre (more on that later), I hold near and dear to my heart. Many people feel the same way about superhero movies because they grew up with the comic books…these guys are my superheroes.

Another positive I can take out from all this is that when Russell Crowe confirmed his role in ‘The Mummy’, sourced from this article from Collider, he was quoted as saying:

‘It’s designed to seriously scare the shit out of you’.

With that quote, it sounds as though Kurtzman, Morgan and Universal have a good plan in mind.

I can only hope that Universal knows what they’re doing with this and I really hope to love what they come out with even though I know it’ll look, feel and ultimately be a lot different to those old loves of mine from the 30s. I’m just not sure that they’re going to be able to recreate what we love about the originals while putting their necessary own spin on it. I often say that the best horror films use the cliches but put their own little spin on them…that’s what the new Monster Movie Universe needs to do in my eyes in order to be successful…but hey, who says it won’t.

All I say is…PLEASE DON’T RUIN THE MONSTERS YOU CREATED!!

Check out my thoughts on some of those old classics…

I did say I was going to go into more detail on a planned podcast I have so here it is. It is an idea I’ve been circling around for a couple of months now but over the past week I put a good deal of thought into it and have come up with a bit of plan that is liable to be tweaked. It will be themed around the horror movie genre and I plan to release one every other week (or twice a month – but that could change). Each episode will be centred around a certain actor, director, film, sub-genre or category of the horror genre with potential episodes dedicated to favourites or Top 5’s etc. but those potentials are potentials for a reason. I am in the process of working to find a co-host but if that doesn’t prove possible then I will helm it myself. Recording equipment is also something I’m looking into but I wanted to get the basic idea of what the podcast would be first. Also a name I’m settling on is ‘HorrorHouse’ but if anyone has any suggestions, feel free to tweet me.

I will keep anyone interested up to date on developments on Twitter but I just wanted to announce the intention here.

Be sure to let me know your thoughts on the new Monster Movie Universe and its developments in the comments and check me out on Twitter and Instagram!

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