With the success of Marvel Studios, all the different production companies are trying to get in on the action by making their own shared universes. Disney is already working on a Star Wars universe including Rogue One and a young Han Solo story, and there are already rumors that Lionsgate is working on a Hunger Games spin-off. But the most exciting of all these movies is the reboot of Universal Horrors.
That's right! Universal Studios is already making plans to reboot their most beloved monsters from the old days, bringing them into their own shared universe. This includes Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and many more. While this may be more monsters than we can handle, here are the three monsters that I can't wait to see on screen.
If there's one thing people can't get enough of in this decade, it's vampires. But not the bloodsuckers that keep us awake at night. No, I'm talking about the pale brooding vampires that always find a way onto the walls of little girls' bedrooms. It's because of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries that vampires just haven't been as scary as they used to be.
Granted, there have been a couple of movies and TV shows that have managed to reinstate that terror, like Guillermo Del Toro's The Strain - but what we need right now is a classic vampire, like Dracula. A character that can show what vampires are really like. Something that can bring back the fear of the vampire.
This isn't the first time The Mummy has been rebooted for a new audience, as most of you know. But to me, the one with Brendan Fraser felt more like a comedy or an action film than a horror. The mummy in that movie didn't really scare me as much as the original did. What we need is a story that's already dark enough to get people on edge, even before the mummy shows up.
And it looks like that's exactly what Universal is giving us. Recently, they announced plot details about the remake, which follows a Navy SEAL team hunting terrorists in the Iraqi desert, where they run into the mummy of King Ashurbanipal. With this, we already have a plot that fits into the world's current situation and gives the movie a dark tone for the Mummy to work on. Who wouldn't wanna see that?
The Invisible Man
In my opinion, The Invisible Man is one of the most underrated horror movies of the lot. While most people may classify it as a horror, it's also a great example of science fiction. The character is someone that you can't help but pity as he struggles to reverse his mistakes that are hurting people around him. And while he does become a monster, he's not the kind you think. The pain that he feels turns him into a rage-fueled lunatic, exacting revenge on anyone he believes is responsible for his predicament. This, of course, leads to his inevitable death, where everyone can finally see him for who he truly is.
Of all the monsters, these are the three I want to see back in business. Not necessarily because I think they're the best monsters, but because I think that they can bring horror back. Nowadays, whenever me and my friends rent a horror movie, it's always just so that we can make fun of it. Most horror movies today get by with easy scares and a lot of gore. There are a few exceptions to this, but more often then not this is what movies are like. Maybe these three are just what the horror genre needs. And it will be really interesting to see these three characters in a shared universe. Most people wonder how the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy would interact with each other, but what would happen if Dracula, the Mummy, and the Invisible Man were in the same universe? Maybe they can bring the real fear back to the theaters.