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Artist Newton Clements makes us howl for the good days of Happy Meals with his presentations of the Universal Monsters. Post Universal’s first classic monster reboot in 2017, could we expect McDonald’s and Burger King to take on the Classic Monsters once more?

The amazing artistry and work of Newton Clements has been getting a lot of love lately.  Be it from Penny Dreadful to the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show star Reeve Carney, to iHorror, there’s no secret about his amazing take on many iconic horror and sci-fi pictures and characters.  While’s he’s presented his take on Happy Meals with a Stranger Things and several American Horror Story themed boxes, we’ve really taken a liking to his work on the Universal Monsters, from films like Dracula to Creature from the Black Lagoon.

For many of us in the late 80’s and early 90’s, places like McDonald’s and Burger King had a real sense of showmanship when it came to Halloween.  A hat tip to iHorror for reminding us of those great McBoo buckets and the Halloween McNugget figures.  While horror hasn’t really gone anywhere since, the merchandising of classic icons such as Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster has died down a bit since 2004’s Van Helsing.  With horror being at the forefront of trending genres in pop-culture, with the success of shows like The Walking Dead and films like Green Room and Lights Out, isn’t it time for Halloween to have that childlike sense of extravaganza yet again? And with The Mummy out in June 2017, what better time than now for places like McDonald’s to start thinking of what they could do within the coming year.

Our suggestion? Take a look at the work of Newton Clements, enjoy what you see below, and try not to have your inner five year-old jump out from behind the pumpkins at the patch with sheer joy.



The Bride of Frankenstein

The Wolf Man

Creature from the Black Lagoon

The Phantom of the Opera

“I’ve been a huge fan of horror films ever since childhood, so it’s no surprise that Halloween is my favorite holiday. My work is a tribute to all of the creative individuals that have influenced me over the years, and brought so much enjoyment to my life. I started the “Happy Meal” series as a way to make my friends and family smile when they were having a particularly bad day. I never imagined the response they would receive on the Internet. It touches me that so many people have enjoyed these pieces, because they were made with the best of intentions for my loved ones.” – Newton Clement (Nerdist)

Be sure to follow Newton Clements on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for more of his great artistry that extends far beyond the Universal Monsters.

(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)

About the author

Steven Biscotti

Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) He stands 5'7" tall and prides himself on being the same height as Tom Cruise. Steven's favorite monster movie? "The Mummy (1999)."

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