Monster of the Day #1678

Well, now it that it looks like the Disney/Fox merger is likely to happen (barring it being blocked), let’s look at some of the horror properties Disney could turn into franchises now.

It says something about how sniffy Hollywood moguls were about horror that while they felt compelled to trot one out now and again due to Universal’s massive success with the genre, the efforts were usual quite half-hearted. None more so than Fox’s Undying Monster, basically a gothic mystery film with about 15 seconds of werewolf ‘action’ at the end. (On on the highly tepid poster, he looks more like a hobo.)

Still, it gives Disney a starting piece with which to begin challenging Universal’s massively popular Dark Universe, and so don’t be…what? Sorry, folks, just a second.

Oh. I’ve been informed Unversal’s Dark Universe is not actually considered massively popular. Never mind.

  • Ericb

    I for one am looking forward to the dark and gritty Micky Mouse reboot.

  • bgbear_rnh

    Yes, Mickey, your father was a rat, but I loved him

  • Marsden

    Who is the old lady in pink in the background? I thought it was Christoper Lee, but his name isn’t in the credits.

    I’m looking forward to an MCU FF movie if that merger goes through.

  • Rock Baker

    Though weak tea for monster fans, it should be noted the film features one of the best transformation effects in any 40’s werewolf movie. I recall watching the film with my brother when the scene in question occurred. We exchanged almost shocked did-we-really-just-see-that expressions.

  • Flangepart

    Hummm…not the same John Howard who took Pegasus bridge, is he?

  • Ken_Begg

    I always liked the lab scene where the technician is flummoxed when the wolf-like hair found on a body disappears with the rising of the sun. That was a neat bit.

  • zombiewhacker

    Any idea whether studio publicists were attempting to hide the fact that this *was* a werewolf movie?

    The title and poster blurbs seem deliberately vague, and the one shot of the monster is so far away he could be Quasimodo wearing a back brace and you’d never know the difference.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    If they “get” the fact that the FF were explorers and NOT, repeat NOT crimefighters…and if they take as a template the first Christopher Reeve Superman movie…we might get a good FF movie. Might. And if they’ll just stop with Doctor Doom. Give him a rest.

  • Greenhornet

    Actually, Mickey DID play the Frankenstein monster in an early 1930’s cartoon.