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Universal Monsters Universe turns 1!

Universal Monsters Universe turns one! It’s an anniversary, or as we’re calling it, a MONSTER-VERSARY, and that’s very special for all of us at Team UMU. 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.

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.

Even though the Universal Monsters movies were considered scary or even horror at the time they were released, it can be said they had a tragic romantic quality to them. The Universal Monsters films are timeless and, well, universal. The themes and qualities that made these pictures so successful back when they were released are still relatable to this day. As executive producer and Monsters Universe creative architect, Chris Morgan, said, “We’re exploring issues of family identity and questions of, ‘Where do I belong in the world?’” It’s these very themes that we’re excited to see come alive on screen in this June’s The Mummy and future Universal Monsters films. In the same sense that the monsters were always just there for me, I hope a new generation enjoys these pictures as much as I did and still do.

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 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 had envisioned this site as a go-to hub for all things classic monsters. We wanted to be able to carry on the tradition of people whose love and respect for the Universal Monsters have carried them across the generations and be able to elevate the next iteration of those classic tales, starting with The Mummy. We’re excited to see what this new world of Gods and Monsters will bring and we hope that you’ll help us continue to keep the thrills and chills of the classics alive.

In the cadence of Bela Lugosi, we bid you welcome.

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(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII, Joe Grodensky – @joegrodensky, & Sami Diaz)

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)."

Readers Comments (5)

  1. Congrats team UMU! You guys are the Batman-on-Film website for the Universal monsters! Please consider doing regular audio and/or video podcasts starting in the relatively near future.

    I’m very excited for Kong: Skull Island as well! The marketing on that thing is spectacular. Have you seen some of those TV spots? Wow. That should be an easy $100+ million domestic opening weekend. Oh, and while we’re on the subject of Warner Brothers films, go check out The Lego Batman Movie! It’s delightful…and there are some very entertaining moments in it for Tom Cruise and monster fans as added bonus! #You’llKnowItWhenYouSeeIt

    And speaking of Batman, the revelation in the trades last night that Matt Reeves is in talks to direct the next solo Batman film?!!!! Amazing choice. I hope he signs the dotted line. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is fantastic…I want to go watch that again now! His upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14) should easily be one of the best movies this summer, if not the entire year! Reeves would also be a great choice to direct a Universal monster movie someday!

    • Thank you so much for the awesome words, Cinemaconfan. Considering how much I enjoy BOF, those are high words of praise and I know we all really appreciate it. Thank you!

      Yes, Kong: Skull Island looks amazing and I’m very excited for it. I’ll definitely be seeing that opening weekend. The marketing has been top notch.

      As far as Lego Batman, I have not seen that yet, but I do hope to see it this week. Thanks for pointing out the TC/monsters reference as I’ll be sure to look out for that.

      And yes, I did see that Matt Reeves will be directing The Batman. Very cool. I would have liked to see Affleck helm the film, but I think Matt Reeves is an inspired choice and I’m excited to see what he’ll bring to Batman!

      • I certainly wanted Affleck to direct The Batman as well! I hope he stays committed to playing Batman in DC movies for years to come & that he truly wants to do it.

        There certainly is good reason to think that there have been serious behind the scenes issues between Affleck and WB, but at the same time, the official statement that was released a week or so ago regarding Affleck not directing Batman makes sense to me as well. Ben hasn’t directed an event film (budget-wise) before, so it makes sense that he may want to do some more learning before tackling something like that. Hopefully one day we will get an Affleck directed Batman movie though.

        I know many people think DC is in a mess right now, but I do believe that with the perception that The Batman is being delayed to 2019, and with Matt Reeves as the likely director, this ultimately will be beneficial for the project. The last think I want is a rushed Batman movie that releases in 2018. If they somehow are able to not rush it & release in 2018, fantastic, but that seems unlikely at this point.

        I do happen to disagree with Jett (creator of BOF) about how Wonder Woman and Justice League will turn out. I think both will be slam dunks all the way around (as Mark Hughes of Forbes seems to think as well…he does a great job covering DC films BTW).

  2. Congratz Team UMU!
    Really good articles, keep up the good work!


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