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Shared cinematic universes are all the rage now; and even the monsters are getting in on the act. Universal Studios confirms what has been rumored for a year now. There will be a unified film universe for the iconic movie monsters and Dracula Untold is the first volley in the game.
History is repeating itself. Back in 1931, Dracula (Starring Bela Lugosi) became a monster hit (pun intended) for Universal Studios and ushered in a slate of successful monsters franchises—Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. These monsters eventually segued into the first-ever shared cinematic universe. (Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman; the House of Frankenstein; the House of Dracula; and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein). Fast forward 83 years and once again, that Transylvanian blood-drinker is the first entrant in a shared monster-verse.
We’ve heard unofficially for months now that Universal Studios is »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Never play poker with Kevin Feige. That man could be standing in front of the actual Captain America answering hard questions and never give up anything. I just saw him, and he never let on even slightly that they were close to dropping news of this magnitude. While the Russos have been dropping some clues about how important "Captain America 3" would end up being to the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe, they really didn't prepare people for the news that broke tonight. Robert Downey Jr., who so carefully clarified last week that he is not going to be making "Iron Man 4," was studiously avoiding the real news that was brewing the entire time, and now Variety has the story that Downey is going to join "Captain America 3," which will most likely be officially subtitled, "Civil War." And if that's exciting to you, that's because you have some idea »
- Drew McWeeny
If we consider that Dracula Untold is the Iron Man or Man of Steel of the next shared-universe franchise, a $23m opening weekend has to look pretty dim. Yet that figure is higher than the movie was tracking to earn, so Universal is marking the release as a triumph. “It’s better than anyone expected in the industry.” the studio’s domestic distribution president, Nikki Rocco, told Entertainment Weekly. “We’re very pleased with the result.” Universal can be happy enough, too, with its international gross to date of $63m, which is a helpful addition. And as Rocco also notes, the exit polls have been promising. Through Cinemascore, audiences graded the movie an A-. That means those who went to see it liked it enough that they’ll probably be on board for a sequel and the rest. “The rest” is, of course, team-ups, “versus” movies and other such groupings of Dracula (Luke Evans) and other Universal »
- Christopher Campbell
Earlier this year we got a new ab-heavy take on Frankenstein’s monster with I, Frankenstein. Now we’re about to lay eyes on a new, somewhat heroic take on Dracula with Dracula Untold. With these two examples in mind, perhaps the time has come to put a new coat of paint on some of our older movie monsters. Variety, after all, is the spice of life, and some of these icons need all the spice they can get. Gill Man Gill Man, the monster from The Creature from the Black Lagoon movies, is pretty simple overall. He’s just a man-shaped fish with a decidedly inhuman face. This simplicity means filmmakers have a lot of freedom when it comes to a redesign. He could look more human and attractive. Or they could go the other way and make him more monstrous...
- Evan Saathoff
From Marvel to Star Wars and Universal's monsters, Hollywood's become obsessed with universe building. Mark takes a closer look...
It feels weird to open with a spoiler warning for a medical drama from the 1980s, but if you're particularly sensitive to plot details from St. Elsewhere, you might wish to skip to the first sub-heading.
The infamous season finale placed all of the characters and events that had preceded it in the imagination of one of the doctors' autistic sons, Tommy Westphall, who dreamt it all up while staring into a snow globe that contained a replica of the hospital where it all took place. The funny thing is, St. Elsewhere had crossed over with other American TV shows, including Homicide: Life On The Street and Cheers, meaning they also potentially took place in Tommy's imagination.
Extrapolating on an argument advanced by the late, great comics and television writer Dwayne McDuffie, »
As far as classic characters go, the Universal Monsters franchise has for the most part been madly mismanaged or outright ignored. A spooky cabal that includes the Invisible Man, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Universal Monsters have only intermittently been employed in recent decades. In 1999, director Stephen Sommers gave us "The Mummy," a swashbuckling period film that seemed to start a new franchise and suggested that the monsters were on their way back… until Sommers ruined it all with "Van Helsing," a monster mash that most certainly did not turn into a graveyard smash. Since then we've had a lukewarm, creatively strained "The Wolfman" remake and… not much else. But with Universal buckling down and attempting a vast, interconnected mythology along the lines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the monsters should once again flood the big screen. And the first cog in this very large and complicated. »
- Drew Taylor
The Darkness is America’s Scariest Haunted House and has been featured on national media from USA Today to Wall Street Journal from History Channel to Discovery Channel. The Darkness was rated the best haunted house in St Louis by Riverfront Times and St Louis Post Dispatch. In 2014 The Darkness presents its most Extreme version in its 21 year history with monsters that leap out grab you, eat you, and devour your soul! The Darkness is Open Every Night October 3rd thru November 1st. (Weekends 7pm to 12:30 and Weekdays 7:30 to 9:30pm) The Darkness is located at 1525 S 8th St, St Louis, Mo 63104
For admission info and other details , visit The Darkness site Here
http://www.scarefest.com/haunted_house_in_stlouis_missouri_thedarkness/home.cfm At the end of your terrifying journey through The Darkness (assuming you survive!), you’ll find yourself in an amazing Monster Movie Museum »
- Tom Stockman
Universal’s marketing team had a challenge when coming up with their campaign for “Dracula Untold,” the studio’s latest tale of Vlad the Impaler who becomes the iconic blood sucking vampire.
The film, which Legendary Entertainment helped co-finance, revolves around the origins of the character and his love for his family, and stars a younger Vlad, played by Luke Evans, who wears armor rather than a cape. The film also spends less time in a dark, dreary castle and more time on a battlefield with Turkish armies. There are still bats, however. Lots of bats.
With Halloween Horror Nights, Universal found itself with the opportunity to turn to its theme parks to bring the film to life with a maze that showcases the film’s setpieces and introduces them to moviegoers who may not have known about the new angle producers are taking on the classic monster.
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- Marc Graser
Two years ago Universal released an Essential Collection of their most well-known monster films in newly remastered HD Blu-rays, and now they’ve followed up that set with a far more complete box set — 31 feature films (including the Spanish Dracula) covering the years from 1931 to 1956. Universal Classic Monsters: Complete Collection 1931-1956 brings together six previously released Legacy Collections plus 1943’s Phantom of the Opera. Each collection focuses on one classic character — Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon — starting with each of their highly revered debuts and followed by the characters’ appearances in sequels and spin-offs. I’d seen those debuts of course, albeit most of them decades ago, but I’d never seen many of these sequels. Until now. Creature from the Black Lagoon was the last of Universal’s classic monsters to see the light of day — so obviously I’m starting this month-long column with »
- Rob Hunter
Horror cinema has a long tradition of creating iconic characters and none more so than those borne in the early days of the genre: characters such as Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and, of course, Dracula – the king of horror. A character who, despite his many cinematic deaths, always returns to the silver screen for one more bite of flesh… As he does this week in Dracula Untold, which features Luke Evans as the evil Vlad Tepes.
With that in mind we thought we’d rundown the ten best unforgettable Dracula performances in cinema. Check them out below and let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree!
Dracula (1958) is the first in the series of Hammer Horror films. Directed by Terence Fisher, Dracula (1958) stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh and Michael Gough. Retitled Horror of Dracula »
- Phil Wheat
by Seth Metoyer
It's that time of year again and this years Mile High Horror Film Festival is going to bring it!
Check out the full horror film feature film lineup below.
From The Press Release:
The Mile High Horror Film Festival returns to celebrate five strong years with our best film lineup yet.
This year, the festival expands to include 80 independent horror films from 18 different countries. From slasher maniacs to supernatural spirits, this year’s film lineup is sure to make your skin crawl.
We have several special events lined up that pay homage to the genre: a 60th anniversary presentation of Creature From The Black Lagoon in 3D with actress Julie Adams in person, a 40th anniversary presentation of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre with the original 'Leatherface,' Gunnar Hansen in person, Candyman with horror icon Tony Todd in person, and a 15-year anniversary reunion for The Blair Witch Project »
Crime of the Century has been in development since 2011. The project is being produced by Chris Morgan, who wrote the last five Fast & Furious sequels, and has also teamed up with Alex Kurtzman to reboot Universal's classic monster franchise (which includes Dracula, Frankenstein, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, Invisible Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon).
Lately, Dauberman has been very active reworking scripts at New Line. He worked on Into The Storm, Watching Hour and the latest installments of Nightmare on Elm Street and Final Destination. Dauberman broke into the business by selling his spec script Burst, about a group of people get holed up in a remote lodge during a blizzard and must figure out »
- Laura Frances
Universal Studios tried to revive their classic monsters with 2004's Van Helsing, which starred Hugh Jackman ("The Wolverine") and Kate Beckinsale ("Underworld"). It featured a bunch of monsters: vampires, werewolves and Frankenstein's monster. But there was another monster that was supposed to appear in the film - the Creature from the Black Lagoon (also known as Gill-man) . Sadly, the scene didn't make it into the film, but you can view the storyboards below that storyboard artist Doug Brode ("Looper") worked on. For those of you not familiar, Gill-man was featured in the 1954 film the Creature from the Black Lagoon and its two sequels, Revenge of the Creature (1955) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956). Universal has made several attempts to reboot the franchise but they've been unsuccessful so far. Though, hope was renewed in July of this year when Universal hired Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek Into Darkness") and Chris »
Dauberman wrote the upcoming “Conjuring” spinoff “Annabelle,” set for an Oct. 3 release by New Line. The scribe has been active at New Line, working on “Into the Storm,” “Watching Hour” and the latest installments of “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Final Destination.” He broke into the business by selling his spec “Burst” to Mandate and Sam Raimi.
The logline for “Crime of the Century” is under wraps, but has been described in the past as a group of thieves using time travel. Trachtenberg is attached to direct and is currently in pre-production on his debut feature for Bad Robot at Paramount.
Universal-based Morgan wrote the last »
- Dave McNary
In addition to terrorizing teenagers on the silver screen, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees stalked and slashed 8-bit characters in the worlds of two 1989 Nes games appropriately titled A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. Nostalgic gamers can rejoice now that Funko and Super7 have captured the garish garb of the Nes versions of Freddy and Jason with new Nycc-exclusive ReAction figures.
The Nes Freddy and Jason figures will be available exclusively at Toy Tokyo’s booth at the New York Comic Con, which runs from October 9th – 12th at New York City’s Javits Center, and we have a look at the figures below (thanks to Toy Tokyo for the image!).
As a reminder, Funko and Super7’s ReAction Horror Series figures and Universal Monsters figures are now available. Similar to previous releases, the figures are 3 3/4 inches and come in retro Kenner-like packaging. These figures are priced at $9.99 apiece. »
- Derek Anderson
“Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.” — Alfred Hitchcock To be a person of virtue, one must possess the characteristics of being morally just and kind-hearted. It is rather easy to determine whether or not a person is virtuous based on interactions with them, but to be able to convey cinematically that a person is of virtue, unfortunately must be expressed through the way an actor or actress looks and acts. In the world of the early horror films, filmmakers did not have the luxury of time to develop the personalities and back-stories of secondary characters. Filmmakers were to generate a tale of a monster to scare the masses, and quite honestly, couldn’t be bothered finding time to explain why the damsel in distress was worth anything other than eye candy and something for a monster to desire. The color »
- BJ Colangelo
Next to True Detective, FX’s miniseries adaptation of Fargo was one of the year’s biggest surprises in the TV realm. The prospect of anyone touching the Coen brothers masterpiece was unthinkable, but Noah Hawley—who wrote all 10 episodes—crafted a unique take on the material that caught on with critics and audiences alike. While he’s no doubt very busy putting together the second season of the show (which will feature a new cast, story, and setting), Hawley has understandably caught the eye of Hollywood, and buried in a report on Sony optioning his novel Before the Fall is the news that Hawley is also scripting one of Universal’s upcoming monster movies. More after the jump. In a report over at Deadline is the news that Hawley is separately writing the script for an untitled project at Universal that will be a part of the studio’s interconnected monster movie universe. »
- Adam Chitwood
This last weekend I spent some time at the Son of Monsterpalooza horror convention and I saw lots of cool monster and creature toys. I enjoy collecting these kinds of things, and with Halloween just around the corner we're probably going to see an influx of horror-themed toys popping up. Today I wanted to share three Universal Monster action figures that are being released by Diamond Select Toys that consist of Son of Frankenstein, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Van Helsing. The 7-inch-scale action figures are now available at Toys "R" Us and comic shops. Looks like I'll be toy hunting tonight!
- Joey Paur
Zachary Leeman chats with Jack Reher about his new novel Rex’d: Welcome to Scholomance…
Jack Reher has graciously taken time to speak with us before about everything from how he became a screenwriter to the public release of his script for the Pin remake.
Now the writer finds himself filling some different shoes as a novelist. The work is titled Rex’d: Welcome to Scholomance and Reher had some interesting things to say about the throwback story to 80s genre films by everyone from Steven Spielberg to Joe Dante.
Zachary Leeman: Tell me how Rex’d came together.
Jack Reher: Rex’d was originally a script I wrote. You know, it was at the tail end of last »
- Gary Collinson
Draft Day I guess the discussion before releasing Draft Day was whether or not to take advantage of the start of the NFL season with the theatrical release or the DVD and Blu-ray release and the home video marketing team won because clearly that's the reason for bringing it out today, but does anyone care at this pointc The movie is no good, especially for anyone with a passing understanding of, or interest in, the NFL.
Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection I'm not sure what I think about this one. While it would be awesome to own all of these titles, why Universal decided to go DVD-only is beyond me. If someone is a big enough fan of Universal's Classic Monsters franchise aren't they going to want them all and be willing to pay for them all on Blu-rayc Is it the cost involved in restoring them all and »
- Brad Brevet
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