Ep 1.7: Prospects for the Dark Universe and Revisiting The Mummy (2017) – LIVE!

We bid you welcome to a New World of God’s and Monsters! This is Universal Monsters Cast, where your horror hosts – Gillman Joel, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh – regularly brave discussions of the monstrous side of cinema, with a special focus on the Universal Monsters, both the classic films and the emerging Dark Universe.

Season 1. Episode 7. In this episode, we enter The Bride’s lair to discuss the latest Dark Universe news and re-visit The Mummy (2017) on the occasion of the BluRay release. This was the first time that all of us met face-to-face and it was our first LIVE! recording, as well.

With Bill Condon’s The Bride of Frankenstein on hold and the exit of Kurtzman and Morgan, some are ready to call the Dark Universe dead, but if there is one thing we’ve learned from The Mummy’s many incarnations over the years, it is that Death is Only the Beginning!
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WRITTEN HISTORY: Defining The Classic Universal Horror Movie Canon

EDITOR’S NOTE This podcast is dedicated to Universal Monsters, but there are many excellent (and some awful) vintage Universal Horror films out there that don’t feature any of these classic monsters and so won’t be featured on our show. They are absolutely still worth covering, so we’ve invited guest writers from our listenership to share their thoughts on the finer points of the lesser-known Universal Horror films. Now, enjoy this chronicle of the classic Universal Horror movie canon, from Dark Mark Longfield.

Universal Pictures is a movie production company that was formed in 1912 with Carl Laemmle as president. It’s the oldest still-operating studio in the United States and has produced thousands of films. Among those films, Universal is famous for its early production of iconic horror films that helped create and define the genre of horror as we know today. In this article I will outline a canon of horror films produced by Universal Pictures during its classic era, beginning with The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and ending with The Leech Woman (1960). The focus will be on defining the canon, rather than going in-depth on any individual film, actor, or filmmaker.
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Ep 1.4: The Mummy (2017) and Universal’s Dark Universe

Welcome to a New World of God’s and Monsters! This is Universal Monsters Cast, where your horror hosts – Gillman Joel, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh – regularly brave discussions of many a monstrous thing, with a special focus on the Universal Monsters, both the classic films and the emerging Dark Universe.

Season 1. Episode 4. The time has come; the time is now! The Mummy has risen and we will take our first look at the film and Universal’s newly-minted Dark Universe. The mainstream reviews are not great. Some fans agree. Others don’t. The horror community has been a tad more forgiving. What did you think of The Mummy? What does this do to your hopes for the Dark Universe franchise? Let us know in the comments below.

Some are ready to call The Mummy dead on arrival, but if there is one thing we’ve learned from The Mummy’s many incarnations over the years, it is that Death is Only the Beginning!
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Ep 1.3: A New World of Gods and Monsters – Part 3 “Industry Insight”

We bid you welcome to Universal Monsters Cast, where your horror hosts – Gillman Joel, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh – will regularly brave discussions of many a monstrous thing, with a special focus on the Universal Monsters, both the classic films and the emerging Dark Universe.

Season 1. Episode 3. This is a continuation of our introduction to the show and the final part of a 3-part series that we’re calling “A New World of Gods and Monsters,” wherein we discuss everything we know about the new Dark Universe.

Part 1 featured a discussion amongst the hosts, giving you our opinions on all of the news and rumors that we know so far. Part 2 featured a discussion with a panel of our listeners, telling us what the fans really want. And this episode, Part 3, will feature a discussion with some industry insiders, giving us some educated insight into what we can actually expect the studio to give us.

And now it is time to listen to the children of the night. What music they make!
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Ep 1.2: A New World of Gods and Monsters – Part 2 “Fans React”

We bid you welcome to Universal Monsters Cast, where your horror hosts – Gillman Joel, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh – will regularly brave discussions of many a monstrous thing, with a special focus on the Universal Monsters, both the classic films and the emerging, shared cinematic universe.

Season 1. Episode 2. This is a continuation of our introduction to the show and the 2nd part in a 3-part series that we’re calling “A New World of Gods and Monsters,” wherein we discuss everything we know about the new Monsters Universe. Part 1 featured a discussion amongst the hosts telling you what we know so far. Part 2 features a discussion with some of our listeners, telling us what the fans really want. And Part 3 will feature a discussion with some industry insiders, giving us some insight into what we can actually expect the studio to give us.

And now it is time to listen to the children of the night. What music they make!
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Ep 1.1: A New World of Gods and Monsters – Part 1

It’s alive! Welcome to the very first episode of the very first season of Universal Monsters Cast, where your horror hosts – Gillman Joel, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh – will regularly brave discussions of many a monstrous thing, with a special focus on the Universal Monsters, both the classic films and the emerging, shared cinematic universe.

Season 1. Episode 1. This is the premiere episode of our debut season and the 1st part in a 3-part series that we’re calling “A New World of Gods and Monsters,” wherein we discuss everything we know about the new Monsters Universe. Part 1 features a discussion amongst the hosts telling you what we know so far. Part 2 will feature a discussion with some of our listeners, telling us what the fans really want. And Part 3 will feature a discussion with some industry insiders, giving us some insight into what we can actually expect the studio to give us.

And now it is time to listen to the children of the night. What music they make!
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BONUS: The Essential Universal Monsters

This trial run for the Universal Monsters Cast was originally conceived of as a BONUS episode of Horror Movie Podcast. With the regular host out for the week, co-hosts Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock decided to discuss listener feedback from the recent HMP “Essential Universal Monsters” poll, give their own personal classic Universal Horror recommendations, and give their initial thoughts on the teaser trailer and first poster for The Mummy (2017) – as well as the potential for a new shared cinematic universe. Doc also brought his picks for the best monster movies of the 1930s that were not made by Universal Pictures.

Horror Movie Podcast is typically a bi-weekly show, released every other Friday, hosted by Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock, Dr. Walking Dead, and Wolfman Josh. You can find the show on iTunes, Stitcher and HorrorMoviepodcast.com

Help us spread the word and build up the following for this show on Twitter @MonstersCast. You can also follow Wolfman Josh on Twitter @IcarusArts and Dr. Shock on Twitter @DVDinfatuation. Music for this episode composed and produced by future UMC producer, Kagan Breitenbach. Check out Kagan’s work at KaganBreitenbach.com

Thanks for listening to this trial run of the Universal Monsters Cast!

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