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While most studios in Hollywood are betting on superheroes to save the box office, Universal Pictures is doubling down on creature features.
This month, the studio acquired rights to Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” book series. In July, it announced plans to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. At the same time, the studio inked an eyebrow-raising 10-year, first-look deal with microbudget horror producer Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Films is behind the profitable “Paranormal Activity,” “Sinister,” “Insidious” and “The Purge” franchises. Last summer, the studio lured Legendary Entertainment into the fold, and now the production firm is co-financing U’s “Jurassic World” and “Dracula Untold,” and has its own upcoming thrillers, including “As Above, So Below” and King Kong tentpole “Skull Island,” which Universal will release.
As Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. plant flags »
- Marc Graser
After the events of 1935′s Bride of Frankenstein, the man-made Monster played by Boris Karloff was down for the count… until he was revived by a son of the experimental doctor in 1939′s Son of Frankenstein. To celebrate the final film to feature Karloff as the Monster, Mezco has revealed a New York Comic Con exclusive Son of Frankenstein Figure.
Scaled to 9 inches, Mezco’s Son of Frankenstein figure is limited to 500 items and can be purchased while supplies last at Mezco’s booth #1855 at the New York Comic Con, which runs from October 9th – 12th. We have the press release with full details, as well as an early look at the figure:
New York- “Many thought the fire that destroyed the windmill destroyed the monster as well…they were wrong!
- Derek Anderson
Reclusive blind artist Franz Badulescu makes beautiful life-like sculptures, but as photographer Claude Marchand discovers, they may be a little too realistic. There’s something macabre going on at Franz’s Spanish castle in 1971′s Cauldron of Blood (aka Blind Man’s Bluff), starring horror legend Boris Karloff, and Olive Films is bringing the film’s murderous mystery to Blu-ray and DVD this fall.
Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th, Cauldron of Blood will be available in time to secure a spot in Halloween movie marathons. For those unfamiliar with the Euro horror film, we have the synopsis and a look at the cover art (image courtesy of Amazon!):
“In a clever twist on the sculptor/murderer theme that runs throughout horror film history, the legendary Boris Karloff stars as blind artist Franz Badulescu, who creates startlingly lifelike statues with the help of his protective daughter, Viveca Lindfors »
- Derek Anderson
In the days leading up to the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, Sony/Columbia announced that their Amazing Spider-Man franchise spinoff Sinister Six will see a 2016 release, pushing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back to 2018. This all came on the heels of mooted Venom director Alex Kurtzman’s vague answers on the state of that film and TASM3.
Kurtzman was clear on his main priority, however: developing the possible shared-universe reboot of Universal Studios’ classic line-up of movie monsters, starting with The Mummy. Now, The Wrap reports that Alex Kurtzman will be directing the film, with the intention of getting the supernatural horror flick in theaters by Spring 2016.
- Anthony Vieira
It's alive! Or should we say "She"? That's right, kids, the Frankenstein monster's bride has been reanimated for the indie feature Frankenstein's Patchwork Monster! Check out some exclusive stills along with your first details right here.
From the Press Release
Arguably, when it comes to iconic monsters, the first one that comes into mind is usually “Frankenstein’s monster.” It has been done to death some would say, though the producers of this steampunk noir-horror film would strongly disagree. Writer/director/producer Emil J. Novak, Sr., says: “Having Melantha involved with this film production has allowed us to go places we could only have dreamed of without her. Her knowledge and acting experience brings a new and refreshing twist to the Bride character.”
- Steve Barton
Universal Studios was home to some of the most iconic horror movies of the twentieth century, including Frankenstein, The Bride Of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Creature From The Black Lagoon and Dracula. Acting legends Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney. Jr lurched, stumbled and swooped across our screens, spawning a thousand nightmares and Halloween costumes.
Now it looks like the studio is planning a relaunch. Universal dipped its toe into its bank of monsters previously of course, with Van Helsing and The Wolfman among others. But this new project will present a unified approach.
At the moment Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek, The Amazing Spider-man) and Chris Morgan (The Fast And The Furious) are on board. First Universal Monster to get the modern treatment is The Mummy, pencilled in for 2016.
So horror fans, is this good or bad news? Will you be doing the monster mash or diving »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
On a stormy night, amidst the the trees on a fog-shrouded hilltop, a large house sits. Inside, a group of people have come together to hear the reading of a will. As the night continues, the storm’s grasp strengthens and renders it impossible for the group to leave. They’ll have to spend the night. However, one amongst them is a murderer and will do anything in his/her power to be the next heir, including killing the guests off one by one. Before daybreak the killer will traverse throughout the house by secret passages, terrorizing each guest and creating a panic, while our protagonists race to solve the mystery.
Sound familiar? It should. It’s the classic scenario of what are known as ”Old Dark House” films that were popularized in the 30s and 40s in cinema. If you’ve ever watched a Saturday night horror film on basic television, »
- Josh Soriano
Looking up at the stars in the night sky might lead a horror fan to think of movies like Alien, Lifeforce, or even Night of the Creeps, but the UK studio Dorothy is placing fright films like Nosferatu, The Exorcist, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre into their own artificial starry space with the release of a sky map filled with constellations formed by the titles and stars of 135 classic horror films.
Available from the UK for £25 as the regular edition or for £125 in the limited edition glow-in-the-dark version (limited to only 170 copies), the Horror Star Chart is composed of 135 horror films (and a few TV shows) that are either preserved in the Us National Film Registry or are personal favorites of the creators at Dorothy. The names of the horror movies and their stars have been arranged in an identical fashion to what the night sky looked like over »
- Derek Anderson
All you cats out there who refuse to upgrade to Blu-ray are about to get one hell of a present from Universal! That is, if you're a Universal monster fan. The big U is releasing a gargantuan 30-film box set which spans their history of horror from 1931 to 1956!
The Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection is set for release on September 2nd and includes the following films, which are also available in smaller themed collections.
The Mummy (1932)
The Invisible Man (1933)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Werewolf of London (1935)
Dracula’s Daughter (1936)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
The Mummy’s Hand (1940)
The Invisible Woman (1940)
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
The Wolf Man (1941)
Invisible Agent (1942)
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
Son of Dracula (1943)
The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944)
The Mummy’s Ghost (1944)
House of Frankenstein (1944)
The Mummy’s Curse (1944)
House of Dracula (1945)
- Steve Barton
Here at Dread Central we're big fans of horror-inspired artwork, which talented fans have for the last few years been doing an absolutely bang-up job at delivering. Today a highly unique piece of art has come to our attention, which we guarantee you is like nothing you've ever hung up on your bedroom wall in the past!
This week The Dorothy Collective has released what they're referring to as a "Horror Star Chart," mapping 135 classic and influential horror films and honoring the men and women who brought them to life. I'll allow the website to explain...
A two-color litho print, the Horror Star Chart is based on the night sky over Berlin Zoological Gardens on 4th March, 1922 during the premier of F.W. Murnau’s silent vampire film Nosferatu, which is recognised as a masterpiece of cinema, inspiring film makers and directors for generations to come (including Hitchcock).
The star chart »
- John Squires
After Liverpool striker Luis Suarez disgraced himself yet again and confirmed his status as a vampire, by biting centre back Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder, in Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over Italy on Tuesday – the third fellow professional footballer he has bitten in his career, after Psv’s Otman Bakkal and Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic – we started thinking…
If Suarez is a vampire, which other classic horror monsters could have been hiding in full sight amongst football’s ranks over the years?
The world of football boasts a wide variety of characters whose looks, traits and performances resemble some of the classic antagonists in movie history – namely the Universal Monsters. The classic Universal Monsters date back to 1923 and the classic era went on (with the likes of Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Lon Chaney Jr and Bela Lugosi) until 1960, but there have been more additions to the monster roster since then. »
- Kev Stewart
Since the era of silent films, Universal Pictures has earned a reputation as the home of the monster movie, producing landmark films that defined the horror genre for all time.
Now for the first time ever, all 30 Universal Classic Monster films will be available together on DVD in the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection, available on September 2, 2014.
Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection showcases every original film featuring Hollywood’s most iconic monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Starring legendary actors Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester in the roles they made famous, these films set the standard for decades to come with revolutionary makeup, mind-blowing cinematography and groundbreaking special effects. Featuring hours of revealing bonus features, Universal Classic Monsters: Complete »
- Michelle McCue
For the first time ever, all of Universal’s classic monster movies are heading together in one collection. Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection is set for release on September 2nd.
Here’s the press release:
Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection showcases every original film featuring Hollywood’s most iconic monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Starring legendary actors Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester in the roles they made famous, these films set the standard for decades to come with revolutionary makeup, mind-blowing cinematography and groundbreaking special effects. Featuring hours of revealing bonus features, Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection brings home classic thrills and chills with some of the most unforgettable characters ever filmed.
With hours of bonus features as »
- Luke Owen
[Press Release] Universal City, Calif., June 24, 2014 -- Since the era of silent films, Universal Pictures has earned a reputation as the home of the monster movie, producing landmark films that defined the horror genre for all time. Now for the first time ever, all 30 Universal Classic Monster films will be available together on DVD in the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection, available on September 2, 2014. Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection showcases every original film featuring Hollywood's most iconic monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Starring legendary actors Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, »
- Pietro Filipponi
The heat thuds in the chest, the pulse races and the blood surges. We are not in the midst of a suspenseful and terrifying horror film where our emotions are being manipulated by the puppeteer filmmaker. We are preparing to speak with Master of Horror Stuart Gordon whose 1985 masterpiece Re-Animator has received an all new limited home entertainment release. Whilst Gordon has left the world of horror cinema to return to the theatre, he took us back into the past, to trace the journey of a child who grew into a master of genre.
Not far removed from any discussion involving Stuart Gordon is the King of the B’s Roger Corman. The former is to H.P. Lovecraft what the latter was to Edgar Allan Poe. During the span of just four short years beginning in 1960 with The Fall of the House of Usher, Corman directed his eight film Poe cycle, »
- Paul Risker
With Mondo's next gallery show “The Art of Ken Taylor” opening Friday night in Austin, our friends at Mondo are letting us premiere his poster for Boris Karloff's Frankenstein. The screenprint is being offered two ways: as a regular and variant edition with different colors. The regular is an edition of 375 and the variant is 175. Both are 24 x 36. In addition to the Frankenstein poster, Taylor also did posters for Children of Men & Little Shop of Horrors, which are two movies Mondo has never previously tackled before. Hit the jump to check out our exclusive Frankenstein posters and for more information on the show. "The Art of Ken Taylor” is open from May 30th through June 21st. The opening night event will be Friday, May 30th from 7 – 10pm at the Mondo Gallery, located at 4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX. Ken Taylor will be in attendance. About the show Taylor said: »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Sir Ian McKellen celebrates his 75th birthday today (May 25), and what better way to pay tribute to the great man himself than with a collection of his greatest roles.
McKellen has come a long way since starting his acting career at Bolton Little Theatre, with his roles stretching across stage, film and television. Here are eight memorable McKellen roles that are essential viewing…
McKellen began his career in theatre, nabbing roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. He memorably tackled the titular role in Trevor Nunn's Macbeth, starring alongside Judi Dench in a critically-lauded production. Below you can see a clip of his brilliant delivery of "tomorrow, and tomorrow…", while here is a great analysis of the text, which Michael Fassbender watched on repeat to perfect young Magneto's voice in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Richard III (1995)
Director Richard Loncraine teamed up with McKellen »
Set to visit 16 cities in 2014, Wizard World’s plethora of comic book booths, clothing vendors, and impressive line-up of celebrities are always enough to sate the appetite of any pop culture enthusiast, but prior to their visit to Minneapolis May 2nd–4th, I was wondering how much horror would be had in the aisles within the Convention Center’s cavernous confines.
As it turns out, Wizard World had more than enough entertainment for horror fans to dig into, and they picked the perfect horror headliner for Wizard World Minneapolis: Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger, the living legend of our nightmares and realities.
One of my first destinations upon entering Wizard World Minneapolis was Robert Englund’s booth. I weaved my way through a crowd of eye-grabbing cosplayers—Hellboy, Darth Maul, and a perfectly matched Spider-Man and Black Cat couple were of particular notice—before stepping in line to »
- Derek Anderson
Universal is proud of its monsters – from the classic horror pictures with Boris Karloff and Claude Rains to recent reboots with Hugh Jackman and Brendan Fraser. The original The Mummy first rose from his tomb in 1932 and over the course of two decades the studio got several instalments out of the tightly-wrapped menace. That ended with Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy in 1955 before writer/director Stephan Sommers created an Indiana Jones-inspired series in 1999 that saw Darkman star Arnold Vosloo take the title role.
That franchise ended with the belated whimper of The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor by which time Sommers had jumped ship. Underworld’s Len Wiseman was attached to a revival, but when he bailed also Mama director Andy Muschietti came aboard. Like Wiseman he was lured by the prospect of bringing the character back with a darker angle but now he too has opted to close the sarcophagus. »
- Steve Palace
Bill Condon is pulling another actor from a previous award winning project of his for the Sherlock Holmes film A Slight Trick Of The Mind. Ian McKellen was already locked in to play an aged Sherlock in the adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel. Now Laura Linney is joining the cast in a major role. McKellen previously worked with Condon on the great film Gods And Monsters where he played Frankenstein director James Whale. Linney worked with Condon on the Liam Neeson flick Kinsey as well as »
- Alex Maidy
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