Monday, November 30, 2015

Movie Monsters Original Flavor

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Try as they might to charm us James McAvoy and Danny Radcliffe couldn't keep Victor Frankenstein from flopping pretty hard this weekend, and over at The Film Experience this, along with Crimson Peak's bad box office, inspired Nathaniel to wonder:

"Do you think Universal is getting worried about their classic movie monster multiverse plans? Today's audiences maybe don't have a yearning for the gothic flavors of more old school horror?"

Victor looked terrible from every angle but he's got a point when it comes to Crimson Peak, which is a failure I still can't comprehend. It was so good! Don't cry, Tom Hiddleston...

... I still love you. But Universal is pushing it still - as mentioned last week they are desperate for Angelina Jolie to play the Bride and they just hired Tom Cruise for their Mummy reboot. I personally think the blockbuster approach to these creaky old franchises is poison - just look at Van Helsing (god forbid anybody look at Van Helsing) or the botched Wolf Man movie for proof of that. Francis Ford Coppola did make Dracula work back in 1992 but back then a studio actually let an auteur indulge his strangest whims -- do you really think Universal would let a lady hump a were-man today?

If only. I wanna live in that place again! Well at least we'll always have the original films, and hey look -- Amazon has the boxed-set of original films, everything from Dracula to the Frankensteins to The Invisible Man and Creature From the Black Lagoon, on super sale today! Go buy it, and then answer this question...

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3 comments:

Rob K. said...

JA, did you really like Crimson Peak that much? I thought it had plenty of Crimson, just not enough Peaks. Seriously tho, the heroine was weirdly unsympathetic, and the ghosts were basically just gothic window dressing (so much so that the script even brought it up). In the end liked it ok and later on, thinking it over, it sat pretty well w/ me (J. Chastain was a fab villainess and it was certainly visually splendid). But it had its share of problems, being maybe only 3/4 successful.

Kelley Bradley said...

The Universal Box Set is a great deal. It's essential! I paid twice as much when it came out. The prints are gorgeous and the CREATURE disc is 3D if you like that stuff.

Dre Brown said...

I could just put Daniel Radcliffe in my jean pocket and keep him there forever.