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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Things aren’t going too well with the Dark Universe. Earlier this year saw the release of The Mummy, and while the film should have kicked off a big shared universe, instead, it seemed to have nailed the proverbial coffin shut.

Now, the big follow-up, Bride of Frankenstein, has been delayed indefinitely, the franchise runners have vacated their roles, and the decorated offices over at Universal are all but empty.

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Clearly things aren’t going too well for the classic monsters. Speaking with Screen Rant, horror master Guillermo del Toro discussed why he believed they weren’t clicking with audiences.

“I think that there is a postmodern attitude towards the genre that tries to disarm or disassemble the genre in a postmodern way and I think that when you approach characters with earnest love, it’s a lot less safe because you’re not above the material. You are high on your own supply and it’s easier to be ironic, so I think that’s part of it. But then you have ambivalent things like Jordan Peele nailing it and making it not ironic, but reflexive. And he’s a fusion of reverence and intelligence. It’s a good year for the genre for sure.”

That’s a real intellectual way of saying it, but in short, del Toro is saying that studios are trying to hard to skew from the style and tone of the classics. As a result, they’re picking apart the tropes in ineffective ways, and ultimately alienating the viewers who love it.

It’s a problem that’s been going on for a while, and Dracula Untold is another film that shows they really don’t appreciate how to utilize their characters.

Instead, what they need to be doing is capitalizing on the genuine horror of the characters and their history. As del Toro stated, a genuine approach like Peele’s in Get Out tends to reap more benefits when done properly.

Do you agree with del Toro? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Screen Rant

  • Bruce Norris

    Blah, Blah, Blah! Take the damn monster and figure out how to make it scary in 2017/2018. Simple.

    • suckit15694

      shape of water

    • Aaron James

      That would have been the sensible approach. Get some of the directors who are really knocking it out of the park in the indie horror scene to tackle the monsters, make a bunch of mid-budget horror movies, build goodwill.

      But that’s not what they wanted to make. They were trying to shoehorn the monsters into big budget action blockbusters, turn them into superheroes or something. They were screwed from square one with that approach.

  • Kratos

    imo its not working because their target audience thinks that “classic horror movie monsters” are jason, freddy, leatherface and michael myers

  • axebox

    What they should do is turn the monsters into their own characters, on their own team, with their own rules… and then either make them antagonists or protagonists in service of whatever grander story that they’re trying to tell. Create NEW monsters, using the existing ones as a base. But whatever. I’ll go back to my dayjob now.

  • Derek NOLA

    i personally agree with him… if you arent going to stay true to what the characters actually are then what the hell was the point in remaking it… just go create something new

  • Alex Mendoza

    Problem is the Universal Monsters are monsters….not superheroes…..thats why the DUCU is failing before it even starts….

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.