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Lyon, France — In a wide-ranging discussion at Lyon’s Lumière Festival on Monday, Guillermo del Toro talked about the creative and disturbing influence of the Catholic Church, his own personal Holy Trinity, the unique aspects of cinema, his desire to work with Michael Mann and George Miller on a book project and his Boris Karloff-inspired epiphany.
Asked how he is able to translate nightmares into beautiful dreams, Del Toro quipped, “I had a f****d up childhood.”
The imagery of Mexico’s Catholic Church, which Del Toro described as second only to that of the Philippines in goriness and anatomical accurateness, was a main factor.
“There was a Christ in my church with an exposed bone fracture, and it was kind of green and purple, but his face looked like he was coming. And then they said, ‘The body of Christ,’ and I said, ‘No thank you.’
“In Guadalajara, of all f*****g cities, »
- Ed Meza
Guillermo del Toro’s movies are always a treat for the eyes, but his latest effort looks like it’s aiming to tug at the heartstrings as well. The first trailer for The Shape of Water teased a love story of the unlikeliest kind – between a mute cleaner and a humanoid sea creature. Now, we have our best look at the film yet with this red band trailer that teases lots of drama, danger and intrigue to come.
We learn that the creature is “the most sensitive asset ever to be housed” at a secret facility in the 1960s. So naturally, Michael Shannon’s boss Colonel Strickland is not happy when Sally Hawkins’ Elisa smuggles the monster out. Not happy is putting it a bit lightly, actually, as the trailer shows that Strickland will stop at nothing in order to get his secret weapon against the Soviets back under lock and key. »
- Christian Bone
Fox Searchlight’s new red band trailer for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water gives those of us who couldn’t attend the Venice Film Festival a much clearer look than previous trailers at the mysterious “asset,” the by-turns fanciful and frightening aquatic man at the center of the Cold War parable. Played by Doug Jones, the aquatic man – in part, an apparently big, loving nod by del Toro to that great Hollywood creature from the Black Lagoon – forges an unlikely… »
Anyone remember this film? In 1987 it was kind of a dud but once it was on video it started gaining a lot more fans. Kids especially started flocking to the film because let’s face facts, monster movies were still very much in at this time. Plus it was like one of the coolest things to see Dracula gathering up his own elite squad of monsters featuring the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Creature from Black Lagoon. I mean come on, that was just classic. And the fact that Frankenstein’s monster didn’t join the bad guys was even better since
Let’s Try and Cast a “Monster Squad” Reboot »
Alex Kurtzman knows his way around a franchise. The writer-director-producer had a hand in creating million-dollar tentpoles out of Transformers and Star Trek, in addition to scripting the second installment in The Amazing Spider-Man series. With his latest, a reboot of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, he hopes to not only resurrect the iconic bandaged baddie, but spawn an entire cinematic universe of Universal Monster movies, to be known as the Dark Universe.
"It's like childbirth," Kurtzman told Et of the anticipation he feels over fans finally being able to see his take on The Mummy (in theaters now). "The head is crowning, so you're just waiting for the whole world to see your child. It's exciting! It's been a long journey."
Et: In terms of building this new cinematic universe, which came first: the idea of rebooting The Mummy or this »
Every horror fan has their favorite type of monster. Some people love shambling zombies, others prefer squid-faced aliens from beyond the stars, and I’m sure there are a few people out there who would swear that The Mangler is the greatest beast to grace the silver screen. But for me, one archetype has always reigned supreme: the scaly fish-man.
I can’t explain why, but ever since I was a kid, sea life has always interested me, so it should come as no surprise that as far as famous monsters go, the Gill-man’s always been my favorite. Unfortunately, being a fan of the Gill-man can lead to some issues. Unlike Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy, the Gill-man was an original creation of Universal, and as such, was not in the public domain. So, while there are many great films bearing those iconic names, the Creature from the Black Lagoon only has three, »
- Perry Ruhland
In a few months, we will be getting a reboot of the Universal monster franchise, The Mummy. This film will kick off a shared universe of monsters that contain such iconic characters as the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the creature from the Black Lagoon, and of course, Dracula.
We’ve only seen a teaser and a trailer for one film thus far, but Universal is still starting to put all the other pieces in place in case of success. We already know they’re starting work on other films like The Wolf Man and Van Helsing, but it sounds like they’re already taking some pretty big steps for another film of theirs, Bride of Frankenstein.
- Joseph Medina
The Mummy is quickly approaching like a rapid sandstorm... again. This time Universal Studios is using the property to launch an entire "Universal Monster Universe," with titles like The Creature of the Black Lagoon and The Invisible Man to follow. Universal is pulling out all the stops this time around, securing both Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe as leads for The Mummy. So why has Tom Cruise not been featured on either teaser poster, thus far?
We've already seen two great trailers and posters, but today, finally we get us some Cruise! This new poster comes at you directly from Universal Studios.
Related: The Second Trailer And Poster For The Mummy
The eyes! Oh, the eyes! Watch out Tom!
- Nick Doll
Seems like writer Will Beall enjoys a good romp underwater, as Deadline is reporting tonight that after penning Aquaman for James Wan and Warner Bros., the scribe will head over to Universal to put together the script for Creature from the Black Lagoon, a remake of the 1954 classic which will also slot into the studio’s budding Monsters Universe. Of course, that’s all set to kick off with The Mummy this summer and Black Lagoon looks to be another exciting piece of the puzzle.
Not much is known about the project just yet, but Universal’s been working on this one for a while, trying to bring everything together. The original told the story of a “group of scientists on an expedition through the Amazon who discover a human-fish hybrid.” We imagine this new take on the film will follow a similar path, but at this time, we’ve »
- Josh Wilding
Screenwriter Will Beall recently spent time writing adventures set in the high seas for James Wan's new Aquaman movie, and now he's heading back underwater, as THR reports that Universal Pictures has tapped the writer to pen the new Creature from the Black Lagoon movie for their shared cinematic universe of Universal Monsters.
Creature from the Black Lagoon will be produced by Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman, who are overseeing the new version of the shared Universal Monsters world, which will kick off with the theatrical release of The Mummy (directed by Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise) on June 9th.
In addition to Aquaman, Beall wrote the big screen adaptation of Paul Lieberman's novel Gangster Squad, developed the Training Day TV series, and has also been working on The Legend of Conan film (produced by Morgan) for Warner Bros.
Other new Universal Monsters movies that are in the »
- Derek Anderson
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