While the Universal Monster shared universe may still be up in the air over at Universal Pictures, at least someone is carrying the torch into Comic-Con this year. The guys behind those awesome "ReAction Figures" have opened up a pop-up shop down at San Diego Comic-Con. In collaboration with Universal, Super7 has unleashed their Universal Monsters Boodega Monstore which is jam-packed full of #SDCC exclusives haunted by Super7 x Universal Monsters exclusives and spine-tingling special things created especially for this horrifying event. Universal Monsters Super7 x Saucony shoe collaboration based on the classic Saucony Jazz Original. SDCC Boodega Monstore Pop-Up Exclusive in very limited sizes and quantities. Universal Monsters Creature From The Black Lagoon, Metaluna Mutant, The Mummy and The Wolfman 3.75" ReAction Figure. SDCC Boodega Monstore Pop-Up Exclusive colorway and die cut cardback. $15 per figure. Universal Monsters - Soft enamel pins (The Wolfman, Frankenstein, The Mummy, … [Read more...] about Universal Monsters Shoes, ReAction Figures #SDCC Exclusives Available at Boodega Monstore
Remember that time when Universal Pictures was building the hype for their epic Dark Universe monster movie franchise? Then Tom Cruise's The Mummy was released, and they just stopped talking about it and the whole thing just kind of faded away like it never happened and a bunch of producers dropped out. The second film in the franchise was supposed to be The Bride of Frankenstein, but it seemed like they pulled the plug on that. We just assumed the Dark Universe thing had been abandoned, but it doesn't sound like that's the case. There was a recent Instagram post from artist Robert Vargas, that was discovered by Universal Monsters Universe, and it suggests that Universal Pictures hasn't given up on it yet. Apparently, Vargas had a meeting last week with the Dark Universe team at Universal Pictures, and he says that he's "looking forward to contributing to the Universal Pictures legacy with my work." Then added, "Monster things in the works." We don't know what exactly he's working on, … [Read more...] about It Seems That Universal’s Dark Universe Monster Movie Franchise Isn’t Dead Yet
Noah Hawley is a pretty busy guy. He just shared an Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries awarded for the first season of Fargo, and he’s now in the thick of setting up the second season. (Many more details on Fargo season two are here.) And his novel Before the Fall has been picked up by Sony, and Hawley will script and produce a film adaptation. But there’s also something unexpected coming from him right now: a script for one of Universal’s new revivals of its Universal Monsters line. Deadline has the report about Hawley scripting the monster movie, buried at the end of a longer piece on the Before the Fall development. We don’t know which monster he’s writing, nor what the timetable for that film is. The site just says “Hawley, while readying another season of Fargo, is separately scripting an untitled project at Universal that will be part of that studio’s classic monster franchise push.” All we know of the Universal Monsters plan … [Read more...] about Fargo Showrunner Noah Hawley Contributing to Universal Monsters -/Film
Inspired by the success of Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water—a movie which “finally went where scores of women had wanted it to go for decades”—YouTuber Lindsay Ellis decided to walk through the history of the movie monster. In the course of the above video, she reviews the history of beauty-beast myths, from ancient folklore through to del Toro’s film, and the ways that their morality and coding have evolved alongside society’s anxieties and desires. She begins with the preponderance of animal bridegroom stories in world folklore, most of which originated at a time when arranged marriages were the norm in their respective cultures. “Many an arranged marriage must have seemed like being tethered to a monster,” she says, “and the telling of stories like ‘Beauty and the Beast’ may have furnished women with a socially acceptable channel for providing advice, comfort, and the consolation of … [Read more...] about Lindsay Ellis Looks At One of Our Favorite Fictional Tropes: Monster Boyfriends!
Dracula and The Wolf Man are about to haunt an Austin art gallery. The Mondo Gallery is hosting Universal Studio's classic monsters Jan. 19 through Jan. 27, and Heat Vision has an exclusive look at some of the art that will be on display. "Ever since our original Universal Studios’ Monsters show in 2012, we always knew we'd love to revisit it with a handful of fresh, new posters," said Mitch Putnam, Mondo creative director, in a statement. "We've got a bunch of our favorite artists tackling some of the most thrilling films of all time, so this one is kind of a dream come true." Here's the lineup of artists contributing work that was inspired by the monsters that rose to prominence through films made in the 1920s through 1950s: Jonathan Burton, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Francesco Francavilla, Ken Garduno, Brandon Holt, Matthew Peak, Phantom City Creative, Eric Powell, Gary Pullin, Greg Ruth, Jessica Seamans, Stan & Vince, Ken Taylor, Matt Ryan Tobin and Bruce White. Mondo Gallery is … [Read more...] about Universal Monsters Art Exhibit Coming to Austin