Universal Monsters Will Bring The Horror
As the movie industry plunges deeper and deeper into brand-based entertainment, studios are only as successful as the properties they own. Thanks to limitless spending power, Disney has a massive edge on the competition, with control of heavyweights like Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm. Universal is in a far less optimal position. While the studio has had off-the-charts success this year with several franchise movies (Fifty Shades of Grey, Furious 7, Pitch Perfect 2, Jurassic World), none of these properties have the history or durability of their superhero rivals. However, Universal does have one historic franchise that has survived longer than nearly any other: Universal Monsters.
Featuring a who’s who of iconic movie monsters (including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon), this franchise puts Universal in an ideal position to make the mother of all horror films. But according to recent reports, the studio is hoping to reach a broader audience by delivering something more along the lines of The Avengers. Classic horror devotees are up in arms about this decision, but it’s not an altogether misguided idea, as fans of 1987’s comic book-esque Monster Squad will attest.
This rumour started when studio executive Donna Langley claimed that monster action-adventure could fill the studio’s superhero void, but Alex Kurtzman (who is on board to direct 2017’s The Mummy) says horror fans will not be disappointed. “I promise you there will be horror in these movies,” Kurtzman told Collider. “It is our life goal to make a horror movie. The tricky part is actually how you combine horror with either adventure or suspense or action and be true to all the genres together.”