Can’t say that I didn’t see this coming.
As much as I tried to deny it, this news has been heading our way for a long time now. Universal has opted to move their iconic monsters “out of the horror genre” because they think people want to see another Van Helsing, apparently. Look, I’m not going to get too much into this because there’s just nothing worth talking about anymore, and quite frankly, I like to cover horror movies around these parts. Turning some of horror’s most iconic monsters into action adventure tentpoles like the Avengers is not only idiotic, but it’s insulting. It’s a formula that just doesn’t fit these characters, especially when they deserve so much more. They’re monsters, not superheroes.
Donna Langley of Universal delivered the news per THR, saying:
We don’t have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We’ve tried over the years to make monster movies — unsuccessfully, actually. So, we took a good, hard look at it, and we settled upon an idea, which is to take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre and make it present day, bringing these incredibly rich and complex characters into present day and reimagine them and reintroduce them to a contemporary audience.
So, there you have it. They’re taking their “incredibly rich and complex characters” and drowning them in CGI. Bravo, Universal. You see, this is why we can’t have nice things. This is a huge missed opportunity to have the monsters reunite on the big screen and terrify a whole new generation of fans. So much for that idea.
12 thoughts on “Universal takes a werewolf-sized shit on their new Monsterverse”
Well that’s that then 😦
In the timeless words of the late Bobby Singer: “Idjits”.
Lol, yep. Pretty much!
The werewolf is a character that oozes pathos; transforming it into an action hero defeats the purpose. Lame
This shit is just disgustingly annoying. I mean, what are they going to be able to do with these characters — Frankenstein as a stay-at-home dad, who occasionally has some very indie experiences with a bicurious robot or some shit? Turns out life is not so bad if you’re half-undead??? The fuck man, I feel your pain here.
Hahah, that is honestly hilarious. I haven’t seen one person excited about the direction they’re taking these monsters, which is saying something. Ugh.
Yeah, that is pretty bad. Usually there is at least *some* small camp of supporters or people of a different opinion, but I can’t see that with this decision. This just smacks of corporate greed. Undoubtedly a “blockbuster” formula (heck, anything non-horror) will bring in more dollars with these characters. Sick stuff, in all the worst ways
Beautiful photo gallery, though. Love that you included the Creature from the Black Lagoon!
(Oh please, Universal, don’t touch the Creature.)
I love the old photos of Universal’s Monsters. They look great even today. Can you imagine what their new approach to Gill-Man would be? Terrible.
Well this is fucking dire news. I have ranted in a bunch of places how stupid it is that everyone is trying to mimic the shared Marvel universe with whatever crap they have the license too. They all seem to forget that Marvel were a few films down the road before they really went into that. And that Marvel actually take the time to plan and most importantly make frickin good films.
First class headline by the way sir.
Haha! Not going to lie, I’m pretty proud of this headline! This is pretty much the worst case scenario, showing just how out of touch the studio is with the entire thing. Bummer.