It’s a Monster-Versary! Universal Monsters Universe turns !
Happy Monster-Versary! Today is a very ghoulishly cool day as Universal Monsters Universe turns 2.
Some time during 2017, amid the hype that was building for The Mummy and Universal’s Dark Universe, Joe and I encountered quite a few sites, social media channels, and podcasts that took on the world of gods and monsters. Some times we were flattered, some times we were annoyed, and other times we were just quite pleased that there was a renaissance of interest and support in the classic monsters. Universal Monsters Universe officially launched on February 11, 2016, along with an Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr account. We would go on to lead the conversation about the classic monsters and modern reboots in a fun way; with our ears close to the coffins, we would continually break news on The Mummy, along with being cited on sites such as ScreenRant, ComicBookMovie, FilmMusicReporter, and more.
But as time went by following the release of The Mummy, and as mainstream interest started to fade in Universal’s Dark Universe, Joe and I started to realize just how humbling an opportunity we had. Despite the flattery, the annoyances, we had a site that existed in an age where print is dying. We had a site that existed as an opportunity for us to not only talk about, write, and share our love for classic monsters, but to connect with others from around the world in a real universal way. The development and growth of Universal Monsters Universe allowed this experiment to maintain the vanguard of monster news in a way that honored the previous tradition of the likes of Uncle Forry (“Famous Monsters of Filmland” magazine) and Zacherly, The Cool Ghoul.
Universal Monsters Universe went from a kitchen conversation between two friends to the realization of a dream in under two years. We went from chronicling the production of The Mummy to attending the premiere of The Mummy. It’s an aspect that had made the past two years some of the most fun and exciting years in both my life and Joe’s.
Before Steven and I sat down at the kitchen table to start Universal Monsters Universe, I never imagined I would be meeting Ricou Browning at CT Horrorfest, tweeting with the cast of Van Helsing and attending the New York premiere of The Mummy within two years’ time. I have met so many new people and interacted with fans across the world. It has been an adventurous and humbling experience that I will never forget. Thank you to everyone who has made UMU the success it has become!
From Joe and myself, we’d like to thank all of you who continually read, enjoy, share and visit UMU across the site and social media pages. This site would not be what it is without you and it’s because of your support that keeps the tradition of classic Universal Monsters alive and well. We’re very proud of everything we’ve done in the past two years and it will be quite exciting to look forward to the next two years. I’m currently in the process of working on a few new aspects of Universal Monsters Universe that will hopefully excite all of you so be sure to stay tuned for that. And, as always, stay tuned for the latest news regarding the Universal Monsters and the Dark Universe.
Stay cool, ghouls!
In the cadence of Bela Lugosi, we bid you welcome.
Suggestions, comments, concerns? Want to contribute? Maybe have a tip? Want to talk and raise the dead? Contact us at:
Universal Monsters Universe could also be found on:
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII &
Joe Grodensky – @joegrodensky)
Just one more thing…
Over this past year, I’ve watched my good friend Mitch Roulston launch his own site, Instagram/Facebook, and podcast. He’s been a supporter of UMU since the early days and at many times provided invaluable support and insight. I often use the term “monster heads” to lovingly describe the wonderful followers and fans of UMU and if it wasn’t for Mitch, I would not have that term.
Recently, Mitch and his good friend Rich Lojek launched a podcast. Serving as an extension of the brand Mitch has built and is continually building, they cover everything from action figures, wrestling, movies, cartoons, and all the fun things one could want to talk about. While I was asked to be a part of it since the beginning, I’m often times not the most available, but this past week I was able to join them and talk TMNT. While it isn’t classic monsters, it was fun talking the night away with Mitch and Rich and something I hope to do again. (Guys, we gotta talk monsters!) But even without me, I greatly hope you all will check out what Mitch is doing with Hasstel Toy and his WrestleGeek podcast.
Hasttel Toy has Sideshow Universal Monsters figures, by the way. Just saying. Check him out!