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.