We bid you welcome!
Exactly one month from today, Universal Monsters Universe turns one! It’s an anniversary that’s very special for all of us at Team UMU, especially for Joe Grodensky and myself. In the past few weeks we’ve seen more followers, visitors, and monster heads show their support and love for us and the iconic monsters that make this all possible. To all of you, we say thank you! For those that have been following since early February 2016, we hope you’ve enjoyed the content we produce and we hope that you continually join us as we grow closer to the June 2017 start of the “new world of gods and monsters,” with the release of The Mummy.
As we grow closer to our one year anniversary, you may notice a few changes on the site. We’re currently working on a soft re-launch and while we’re very excited for this, we unfortunately have lost some of our favorite articles and contributions in transit. It wasn’t easy for Dracula and Renfield as they navigated the seas to England and it has not been without a few challenges for us as we navigate the digital ocean that is the internet. For that we apologize and if you encounter any “Page Not Found” screens, we are aware and we’re hard at work on creating an experience that will hopefully be more enjoyable for you.
Aside from our re-launch, we’d like to reintroduce a few aspects to Universal Monsters Universe for those that are just joining us at Castle UMU. Last year we started a weekend column entitled “Sundays with…”. Each month UMU’s Rob Texter explores a different movie every Sunday that ties to a larger, connective theme. He’s previously covered the films of John Carpenter, Guillermo Del Toro, and for this month he is exploring the iconic theme of invisibility. We’re also going to be restarting a new weekend column on Saturdays – “Five Reasons Why…”. In our rotating Saturday column, we’ll be looking at topics such as “Five Reasons Why” you should be reading gothic literature, “Five Reasons Why” the Universal Classic Monsters Still Matter… and general material like that.
One of the most enduring and iconic of film franchises is the Universal Monsters movies of the 1920’s to 1950’s. Classic, beloved, and frightening, the affect of the Universal Monsters can be seen in almost all forms of pop-culture – movies, comic books, collectibles, and so much more.
As you all know, this is a major year for classic monsters with the return of King Kong and The Mummy. Kong: Skull Island opens March 10th and The Mummy is awakened on June 9th. While you will find traces of the monsters of Skull Island here on UMU, you could expect us to continually push the lid off of the sarcophagus as we grow closer to The Mummy. This is Universal Monsters Universe and we could not be more excited to continually provide coverage on the upcoming Alex Kurtzman directed film that is set to launch a new, updated take on the classic monsters that we all love. We’ve had the pleasure of covering The Mummy since pre-production and all throughout principal photography. And while coverage of the “inside look” and theatrical trailer of The Mummy may have been lost during our relaunch, you could certainly expect to find us taking another look at a film we are counting down the days to see.
This is “Universal Monsters Universe,” your new destination into adventure and the macabre; your #1 spot for the latest on the Universal Monsters Universe of films old and new (and some other monster stuff too!) We hope you’re as excited and enthusiastic about these new films as much as we are, and we hope you love the classics as much as we do.
In the cadence of Bela Lugosi, we bid you welcome.
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