In light of Universal’s new plan for their classic monster catalog, and due to the impending release of “Victor Frankenstein” on November 25th, I decided to look back at the recent monster movie trend. Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, Creature from Black Lagoon, and the Wolfman are the original kings of horror. They have dominated the big screen for well over 8 decades. During that time they have all been remade, rebooted, and re-imagined in various big screen ventures which, from time to time, even combined them within the same film.
15 years into the new millennium, we have seen these classic horror monsters turn into action stars. Since the 1999 release of “The Mummy,” the classic monster movies have had bigger budgets with an action blockbuster aesthetic. Universal is planning to make the new monster movies full on horror, as they should be. Personally, I have never been a fan of the action horror monster flicks. Hopefully, “Victor Frankenstein” will be the last in this under-whelming trend. Below, in no particular order, is a list of all the “monster” blockbusters.
What is your opinion on the monster blockbuster trend? Did you dig the flicks, or are you excited to see these monsters return to their horror roots?