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It’s Alive…Universal Monsters Are Back!

Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester in BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, 1935.

Universal Studios was home to some of the most iconic horror movies of the twentieth century, including FRANKENSTEIN, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE WOLF MAN, THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON and DRACULA. Acting legends Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney. Jr lurched, stumbled and swooped across our screens, spawning a thousand nightmares and Halloween costumes.

Now it looks like the studio is planning a relaunch. Universal dipped its toe into its bank of monsters previously of course, with VAN HELSING and THE WOLFMAN among others. But this new project will present a unified approach.

At the moment Alex Kurtzman (TRANSFORMERS, STAR TREK, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Chris Morgan (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS) are on board. First Universal Monster to get the modern treatment is THE MUMMY, pencilled in for 2016.

So horror fans, is this good or bad news? Will you be doing the monster mash or diving back to your crypt in terror? I’ve got to be honest, I’m surprised it’s taken this long. It could be a good thing – but do we really need another horror reboot?

Source: Deadline

Claire Joanne Huxham comes from the south-west, where the cider flows free and the air smells of manure. She teaches A-level English by day and fights crime by night. When not doing either of these things she can usually be found polishing her Star Trek DVD boxsets. And when she can actually be bothered she writes fiction and poetry that pops up on the web and in print. Her favourite film in the whole world, ever, is BLADE RUNNER.

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