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- Oli Davis
It appears as though Universal are not messing about when it comes to casting their upcoming Monsters Universe. Following the news that they’re looking to cast Angelina Jolie (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) as The Bride of Frankenstein and Scarlet Johansson in Creature From the Black Lagoon, Variety are reporting that they’re in talks with Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) to star in The Mummy.
Alex Kurtzman is overseeing the Monsters Universe, and will direct this reboot. Plot details are vague, but reports are suggesting that the movie will be set in present day, unlike all previous Universal Mummy movies.
Their Monsters Universe will see classic Universal Monsters such as The Wolf Man, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster get solo movies before culminating in an Avengers-style team-up movie. Rumours are also suggesting that the monsters may show up in each other’s films. »
- Luke Owen
Slated for a March 24th, 2017 theatrical release, The Mummy is expected to be the first of many Universal Monster movie reboots, with the ultimate goal being to create a shared cinematic universe including Wolf Man, Dracula, Van Helsing, the Bride of Frankenstein, the titular characters from Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Phantom of the Opera, and more.
Comprised of a sizable creative team of ten writers, the Universal Monsters reboot initiative is being headed by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, with the former set to be in the director's chair for The Mummy reboot. »
- Derek Anderson
According to a report in THR, Universal financed Jolie’s latest directorial offering By the Sea, which sees her starring alongside husband Brad Pitt – and is expected to make a loss of around $40 million – in the hope that she would return the favour by signing on to appear in Bride of Frankenstein, and/or the long-rumoured Wanted 2.
Universal’s new Monster universe is set to get underway in 2017 with a remake of The Mummy, while development is also officially underway on The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Van Helsing.
- Gary Collinson
Since it was formally showcased to the world in all of its putrid, grotesque and oddly promising glory almost two years ago, all has been quiet on the front of Universal’s Monsters Universe – and there’s good reason for that.
In drafting in two experts of the shared cinematic universe template in Alex Kurtzman (Transformers) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious), the studio set about laying out an interwoven foundation that would bring together some of the finest and indeed most feared creations in film history under the one umbrella. Think Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, the Invisible Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Wolf Man. In recent months, there have been flickering signs of progress from within Universal, with the big-screen reboot of Van Helsing gaining a new pair of writers.
Now, speaking in an interview with Variety, Kurtzman and Morgan have weighed in on the topic at hand, »
- Michael Briers
Beginning with the release of The Mummy in 2017, Universal will reintroduce moviegoers to their lineup of classic movie monsters. Though news on the initiative has been relatively quiet as of late, recently the co-leaders of Universal's Monsters reboot initiative, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, offered an update and a bit more insight into the upcoming shared universe.
Speaking with Variety's Brent Lang, Kurtzman and Morgan discussed the Universal Monsters reboots, which could eventually pop into theaters at the same speed as Disney's Star Wars films. Following the debut of The Mummy (which is expected to start shooting next year with Kurtzman in the director's chair), the plan is to have a new Universal Monster film hit theaters each year.
- Derek Anderson
Notorious monster-hunter Gabriel Van Helsing is back in vogue. Barely a week has passed since we brought you the news that Syfy had acquired a gender-swapped treatment of the title mercenary for an all-new TV series and the long-gestating film reboot, simmering in development over at Universal, has recruited Jon Spaihts and Eric Heisserer to pen a screenplay.
Word comes by way of Variety, noting that the proposed film will dovetail with the studio’s ambitious shared monster universe, which will house such nightmarish creations as Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, the Invisible Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Wolf Man. It’s unclear yet how the titular mercenary will be integrated into the interconnected movie-verse, though the outlet suggests that cracking that degree of synergy is still being mapped out.
- Michael Briers
We can all remember the days when the arcades and the slot machines ruled the casinos, gas stations and high street, but things have changed of late. Over the past few years many thrill seekers have moved from the live slots to playing video slots in the comfort of their own home.
Over the past decade hundreds of video slots websites have popped up, but the very first physical slot machine can be traced back to Brooklyn, New York and the year 1891 when Sittman and Pitt Company designed a gambling machine that is said to be the very first version of a slot machine. The first computer based slots cam many years later, in the 1980s in fact, when Sircoma produced a video poker slot machine. Before too long they started showing up in casinos and around the world, but only recently have people turned to their home computers to play video slots. »
- David Agnew
It’s Halloween, the time of year for watching horror films with the lights out. You may be trying to decide which films you should watch for your Halloween scare-fest. There are many good films, depending on your taste. As a Halloween gift to you, Cinelinx lists 25 of the best horror films to watch, for your Halloween enjoyment. All these films are of excellent quality and convey the requisite eeriness and suspenseful mood to keep you in the creepy Halloween mood.
First…here’s a couple of Honorable Mentions:
Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hugely successful suspense thriller film that isn’t technically a horror movie but it’s close. This classy chiller became one of the few movies ever to capture the 'Big Five' awards at the Oscars. (Best picture; Best director for Jonathan Demme; Best actor for Anthony Hopkins; Best Actress for Jodie Foster; and best screenplay by Ted Tally. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Over at my other haunt, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, there is currently posted, in honor of Halloween week, what I think are two very special treats (and possibly tricks). The first is a very challenging frame grab quiz in which readers are asked to guess the titles of 31 movies based on eerie images that may or may not be so easy to identify. The other is a special edition of the traditional interview-type quiz I occasionally come up devoted entirely to the harrowing world of horror. It features the usual batch of questions for which there are no wrong answers, only your answers, which makes it much more fun to fill out and especially to read. As usual, it’s taking me a while to get around to submitting my own answers to the quiz, but in the creeping shadow of the approaching holiday I thought I »
- Dennis Cozzalio
In our ongoing recap of last week's Ultimate Horror Poll -- in which over 100 genre experts helped determine the 100 greatest horror movies of all time by voting for their personal "ten best" -- the time has come to take stock of every honorable mention and clarification given by the survey's participants that weren't included in the original piece. To be clear, voters weren't asked for honorable mentions specifically; but a handful felt strongly enough about their "bubbling under" choices to list them anyway (which proved extraordinarily useful in helping break ties on the Top 100). See below for a full listing, as well as explanations from Bloody-Disgusting founder/editor-in-chief Brad Miska and director Corin Hardy ("The Hallow") on why they voted the way they did. Honorable Mentions: Barbara Crampton (Actor, "Re-Animator") Dracula (1931) Jaws (1975) Nosferatu (1922) Poltergeist (1982) Vampyr (1932) Brad Miska (Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Bloody-Disgusting.com; Producer) -- See Full Explanations Below Beetlejuice (1988) Bill & Ted's »
- Chris Eggertsen
There’s a line in Mexico Barbaro that goes something like, “Drain the blood from your sister’s vagina or I’ll suck your soul out of your anus.” And that’s not the most outrageous thing that happens in this horror anthology that pulls from Mexican folklore, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and From Dusk Till Dawn, among others.
Mexico Barbaro is proudly off the wall, and it boasts horror tales that range from the modern (Tzompantli) to the Hitchcockian (Lo que importa es lo de adentro), to the Troma-like (La cosa mas preciada). That’s an advantage: the entirety of Mexico Barbaro is likely not for anyone, but there’s bound to be at least one entry in here that plays to any horror fan’s tastes. »
- Neal Dhand
Shortly after rolling out a bold statement of intent for an interconnected string of monster movies, all has gone quiet on the Universal front. On paper, the interwoven universe includes such iconic horrors as Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, the Invisible Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Wolf Man, with all signs pointing to the studio overhauling each legend with a new creature feature of their own. One of these reboots involves The Mummy, and The Hollywood Reporter has unearthed an intriguing report about the in-development retelling.
With casting now underway for the action flick, the outlet notes that director Alex Kurtzman and Jon Spaihts’ concept for the modern take stands at a crossroads, with one path leading to a female actress tackling the title role of the Egyptian god, while the other well-worn track would result in the pair casting a male version of the Mummy and »
- Michael Briers
The League of Gentleman actor – who is currently appearing in new play Hangmen –answered your questions at 1pm on Wednesday 23 September, giving his insights into lost characters, creative influences and his comedy writing technique. Read his responses below
Thanks for all the questions, sorry if I didn't get to you. But imagine the answer was just what you wanted - that is what I would have said.
I think of those three, I would say the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Dracula only frightened me afterwards, having watched one of the Hammers, it was in the night in the dark that I would then consider him trying to get in at the window. The Creature was a proper monster - those dead eyes swimming through »
- Guardian Staff
Funko's paying tribute to villains and monsters this fall with their new Leatherface ReAction figure, super-sized Godzilla Pop! vinyl, and Mystery Minis: Horror Series 2 that includes Count Orlok, David from The Lost Boys, Pinhead, and more.
Funko's slated their Leatherface ReAction figure for a September release and their Mystery Minis: Horror Series 2 for an October debut, while their Godzilla Pop! Vinyl figure is due out in November. Below, we have official details and images (courtesy of Funko).
Leatherface: "Head for the hills! Our Leatherface ReAction figure is coming! The Texas Chainsaw Massacre antagonist dons his signature bloody apron, mask, and comes with his trusty chainsaw!"
Mystery Minis: Horror Series 2: "Horror fans, rejoice! Our second series of Horror Mystery Minis are here!
This series contains horror legends like Nosferatu, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Frankenstein! Your box might also contain Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Hellraiser, or other contemporary horror classics! »
- Derek Anderson
The Creature Walks Among Us, 1956.
Directed by John Sherwood.
The Gill-Man is captured by scientists and begins to mutate so it can breathe air and walk on land. Cue lots of rampaging mutant creature madness… possibly.
Back in the 1950s horror films rarely got sequels, especially direct ones that followed on to tell one long story. The Universal Monsters films were loosely connected by tenuous links but ever-changing casts, filmmakers and budgets meant that there weren’t really that many clear and consistent tales being told, but when The Creature From the Black Lagoon came out in 1954 – a good decade after Universal’s golden period had ended – the studio had hit gold once again and so a sequel was rushed into production. Revenge of the Creature came out a year later and gave audiences more »
- Gary Collinson
Universal’s plans to reintroduce a new generation of moviegoers to its back catalogue of classic beasties have been met with mixed opinion. Initial press releases described the planned movies as action-adventure with no references to their cinematic heritage – horror. Understandably so, fans vocalized their upset at the studio’s proposed reboot remaining in line with the 1999 take on The Mummy. A fun romp? Yes. Scary? Not so much.
By the looks of things, there was a degree of miscommunication in that earlier statement. At the Television Critics Association Press tour, Alex Kurtzman – who is overseeing the entire Monsterverse with Roberto Orci – addressed those concerns during a chat with the folks at Collider:
“I think there was some lost in translation quality to the way it was received, because I promise you there will be horror in these movies. It is our life goal to make a horror movie. The »
- Gem Seddon
Since the announcement of Universal’s shared Monsters Universe – which is set to kick off with The Mummy in 2017 – things have been a bit quiet. We’ve heard that new two writers have been hired to re-draft the script for Creature from the Black Lagoon, which could also have Scarlet Johannson attached to it, but there appears to be problems behind the scenes.
Universal have said themselves that these monster movies will not be horror films and will instead be action movies, but Alex Kurtzman – who is overseeing the venture in the same way Joss Whedon oversaw Marvel – has clarified that they will contain horror elements.
“I think there was some lost in translation quality to the way it was received, because I promise you there will be horror in these movies,” he told TCA March of Death. “It is our life goal to make a horror movie. The tricky »
- Luke Owen
The rebooted Universal Monsters world is set to officially kick off with the release of The Mummy remake in 2017, but planning on the films has been underway for quite awhile, and recently at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, filmmaker Alex Kurtzman touched on how there will be plenty of horror in the upcoming monster movies, which were previously coined as "action-adventures."
Kurtzman, the co-leader of Universal's Monsters reboot initiative along with Chris Morgan, gave Collider an update on the fright films:
"We have actually started doing a lot of design work, we’re getting scripts in, everything is feeling really really good, so I don’t want to curse it by saying too much to you, but it’s going well."
Kurtzman insisted that these Universal Monster movies will be horror films, including The Mummy reboot that he will direct:
"...I think there was some lost in translation quality »
- Derek Anderson
Last summer Universal announced their intention to launch an Avengers-style Universe with its cadre of classic monsters. Dracula Untold was intended as a first step in that process, but the movie’s middling box-office and lukewarm critical reception seemed to halt further discussion of the endeavour. First impressions count for a lot in Hollywood, and the newly rebooted Drac’s wasn’t great.
However, it might not have been quite bad enough to tranquilize the concept permanently. The Tracking Board is reporting that Fringe show-runner Jeff Pinkner has been hired to pen to a remake of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, with Scarlett Johansson possibly attached to star. It’s not an unequivocal endorsement of the whole Monster Universe thing, but it’s certainly enough to make one reconsider its presumed cancellation.
If you saw Dracula Untold, you’ll know the film struggled with issues of tone and originality, »
- Daniel Kelly
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