For centuries, writers have been transfixed by monster stories. The most common monsters are from the 20th Century films: Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, the Wolfman, King Kong. But the ancient greeks had Medusa and the Minotaur. The Nords marvelled at Fenrir and Jormungand. The Chinese spun tales of Zhulong and Juiwei Hu. Humans have always been fascinated by the terrible creatures lying around each corner and, perhaps more fascinatingly, the aspects of their humanity.
Even more of a marvel is the evolution of monsters and love stories. Often, monsters would steal young women and were seen as cruel antagonists. They even were commonly metaphors for female impurity. However, over time, the idea of monsters being romantic leads grew and has become a new trope in literature and cinema. One of the earliest, most popular examples of this is the iconic, classic tale of Beauty and The Beast.
While Beauty and The Beast is a leader in this romantic subgenre, other films such as Twilight, Warm Bodies, and The Shape of Water have also been modern staples of the “finding beauty in ugliness” love stories. Though only these few are mentioned, there are countless more tales expounding upon the topic. However, one might wonder, how does such an odd sub-genre come about?
In the divorce between writing partners Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, it seems that while Orci will keep Star Trek, Kurtzman will continue to be a part of the Universal Studios Monsters franchise by doubling down on The Mummy, now not just as its co-screenwriter, but as its director. In what will be his directorial follow-up to the 2012 disappointment People Like Us, Kurtzman takes it on himself to not just relaunch Universal’s Mummy franchise, but to start the ball rolling in realizing a shared universe for Universal’s Monster line-up which includes Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolfman. (more…)
Guillermo del Toro has made a name for himself as the CGI generation’s answer to Ray Harryhausen. With films such as Pan’s Labrynth, Hellboy, and Pacific Rim under his belt, he has emerged as the 21st century’s premiere creator of cinematic monsters both terrible and wondrous.
And he’s prepared to share his secrets to building a better monster with the viewers of the recently launched Hispanic-Interest network El Rey–brainchild of Robert Rodriguez, acclaimed director of such films as Spy Kids, Sin City, and From Dusk Til Dawn. Rodriguez hosts a show on El Rey called The Director’s Chair where he sits down with fellow filmmakers, and discusses the art of cinema. Watch a trailer for an upcoming edition of Rodriguez’s show where he chitchats with del Toro after the jump: (more…)
Now that Episode VIIhas officially been shooting for a few weeks in Abu Dhabi (that’s a French desert where there’s cheese stands, for those unsure of their geography), you can pretty much expect candid shots of everything from practical monsters to Harrison Ford eating steak salads to begin rolling in on a near-daily basis. Thankfully, TMZ (shudder) posted the former this morning (though I’d honestly kill for a still of Ford with A1 slathered on his mug) and we’re here to re-appropriate their watermarked goodness for the sake of cheap Internet traffic (is there any other kind?). (more…)
Gareth Edwards‘ new rendition of Godzilla opens tonight in theaters everywhere. But before that he was the guy known for making a micro-budget monster movie that looked like a blockbuster, and did it all on his friggin’ laptop. Monsterswas one of a number of low-budget genre movies that showed that indie filmmakers could play with the big boys, and more often than not, put them to shame, and as it turned out, it was a proof of concept that showed Edwards was up for the job of making a new Godzilla. But now that Edwards has moved on to the big time, will we ever get a look back into the Monsters world? Good news! A sequel is on the way. It’s called Monsters: Dark Continent, and we have the trailer below. (more…)
Universal Studios has an incredible catalog of iconic monsters, and that kids is called brand recognition, and in modern Hollywood, brand recognition has zork. It’s kapowza in the bank in other words.
Naturally, Universal wants to be in the business of using its intellectual property to make cash, and they hired Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Sleepy Hollow) to make it happen. And then nothing happened. They hired Len Wiseman (Underworld) to (re)make The Mummy, but that went nowhere, and the reason that maybe the case is because there are bigger plans for these movies afoot. What exactly? Think a giant cohesive movie universe a la Marvel. (more…)
Something tells me this number is going to show up before screenings of Star Trek Into Darkness tonight…
This new Pacific Rim trailer has the same beats, and features some of the same footage that the Comic Con trailer that was released a few weeks ago featured, but there’s some new stuff in there too. Regardless, I think at this point, if Pacific Rim blows it will be the biggest nerd disappointment since The Phantom Menace, and I don’t think we all want to revisit that kind of disappointment.
Plot Synopsis – When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot and an untested trainee — who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Wanna watch Mickey (Noel Clarke) from Doctor Who fight off a butt-ugly alien/monster in a storage facility? Of course you do!
What sounds like the best episode of Storage Wars ever, is actually a pretty siiiick British horror survival flick titled Storage 24. In it, Noel Clarke and 3 other Londoners face off against a ferocious fugly foe when a military plane crash wreaks havoc in a storage facility.
You can check out the bloody disgusting trailer below:
Sans the Prometheus/Inception “BRMMMM” scream sound, this trailer is a gore lovers dream. Bodies everywhere, and peoples innards being ripped out left and right. Nasty!
One of the things I like most about this trailer is the practical effects, and all of the blood and carnage that goes along with it. CG free monster flicks are few and far between these days, so it’s nice to see true creature effects.
Directed by Johannes Roberts, Storage 24 is available on VOD now, or you can wait until January 11 to catch it in theaters.
Hope you guys like giant monster movies, because coming hot on the heels of the Pacific Rim panel at Comic Con was the official announcement that Legendary Pictures’ relaunch of Godzilla, directed by Monsters filmmaker Gareth Edwards, is in the pipeline and getting ready to invade theaters in the not-too-distant future.
Once the Pacific Rim panel ended in Hall H, the lights dimmed and the screen came alive with a teaser trailer for Godzilla. Here’s how Cinema Blend describes the teaser:
It started with footage of a destroyed city, and voiceover talking about the Hindu proverb about Vishnu taking on his multi-armed form (you know, this guy). The voiceover specifically quotes Vishnu saying “‘Now I have beccome death, the destroyer of worlds.” From there we hear the iconic Godzilla scream, and it leads to a shot of Godzilla stomping through a cloud of dust. You see the spiked back, you hear the familiar thudding storms, and then the camera pans up the monster’s face– where, of course, it screams again.
After the teaser was over, Edwards came out to greet the crowd, who was, by this point, roaring themselves. After admitting that he nearly cried about fan reaction to the teaser while backstage, Edwards talked about his vision for Godzilla, which, if it were to be summed up in one word, would be “realistic.” Edwards said that he and the other artists involved are taking the Godzilla idea “very seriously,” by asking themselves “If this really happened, what would it be like?”
Well I don’t know about you Bastards, but I’m kind of dying to see this now myself. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for an online leak sooner rather than later.
Legendary Pictures is bringing the legendary radioactive monster Godzilla back to the big screen with a stop over in Hall H at SDCC this year. There’s not much detail out there yet about the movie besides the director assigned, Gareth Edwards, (Monsters director, great little movie by the way.) and the teaser that Godzilla won’t be the only giant monster appearing in the Godzilla movie.
NerdBastards will definitely be bringing you ever scrap of news we can about the upcoming Godzilla movie. What giant monster would you like to see Godzilla go up against?