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01.24.2014by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Classic Monsters That Need Rebooting

I, FRANKENSTEIN represents the latest attempt at a Hollywood update to the classic Mary Shelley novel. There is nothing wrong with retelling this story, but it seems like studios are stuck rebooting this and DRACULA and none of the other countless classic monsters from movie history. Here are the Top 10 classic movie monsters that haven't seen the silver screen in quite some time. Some are horror, some are drama, but all represent some quality stories ripe for retelling. If you have a monster who isn't listed, let us know in the talk backs below.

#10 - The Black Cat

The classic pairing of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff reached a sick height with THE BLACK CAT. While it shares a title with the Edgar Allan Poe story, THE BLACK CAT is instead a torture porn ancestor about necrophilia, Satanism, and revenge. Instead of one villain, you really have two going against each other while some innocents are caught in the middle. It would be a nice change of pace to see a movie like this today that doesn't feature Freddy or Jason.

#9 - The Blob

When was the last time we got a big budget film about an unstoppable monster like THE BLOB? The 1988 remake seems like the last major one with most movie menaces being of either the zombie or vampire variety in recent years. If GODZILLA can make a comeback, give me a new take on THE BLOB!

#8 - Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale has been adapted numerous times, most famously starring Fredric March in 1931. The last studio retelling of the film was MARY REILLY in 1996, but since then the story has been TV movie fodder. A serious take on the tale using up to date special effects could be a damn fine thriller. Hell, even an action movie would work.

#7 - The Phantom

I know that the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical came out back in 2004, but the Dario Argento directed version and the 1989 film starring Robert Englund provide a much more horrific and less romantic take on the Gaston Leroux novel. The idea of a disfigured, masked man hiding beneath the Paris Opera House is prime for a reboot that takes it into another setting. We have seen THE PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, how about another take on the tale? Nothing is quite as terrifying as Lon Chaney's iconic make-up. Let's see it in action with modern effects.

#6 - The Wolfman

I may be in the minority of those who liked the 2010 version of THE WOLFMAN starring Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro. So, this is more of a request for a sequel rather than a reboot. The ending to the film was left open enough to possibly make a WEREWOLF OF LONDON type film. Or, if a reboot is required, contemporize it and give us a modern day, classy werewolf movie.

#5 - The Mummy

Yeah, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are already working on a reboot to THE MUMMY, but I want to be clear that we need to reboot the 1932 Boris Karloff horror movie and not the Brendan Fraser INDIANA JONES-style series. If you don't think a mummy can be scary, just check out the original Universal horror movies. Karloff didn't play a zombie version of the mummy but something akin to an Egyptian take on DRACULA. Definitely room for a movie like this today.

#4 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

If Victor Hugo's LES MISERABLES can be given the big studio Oscar bait treatment, why not his other seminal work, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME? The 1923 Lon Chaney version is a masterpiece of the Silent Era and the 1939 version starring Charles Laughton is equally as good. We haven't had a true movie take since the Disney animated musical, so why not immortalize the characters in a sweeping epic take on the classic novel?

#3 - The Invisible Man

Another Universal classic awaiting a remake, THE INVISIBLE MAN was a staple of the 1940s. Since then he has been a supporting character in other films or similarly portrayed in movies like HOLLOW MAN. But, like Dr. Jekyll, the original H.G. Wells novel is ripe for updating. Plus, having an invisible protagonist can be easily achieved using modern technology. You don't need to do anything special like have him fight robots or vampires to update this tale, just tell a classy thriller story. Imagine Kevin Spacey in the lead.

#2 - The Man Who Laughs

This Victor Hugo story has not been adapted in some time but has served as the inspiration for The Joker and other villains. Sharing similarities with both THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS concerns a horribly disfigured man who must try to set right the wrongs of his life while also trying to find happiness in the meantime. Part adventure, part romance, and part drama, the iconic Laughing Man imagery would definitely translate well to any number of modern re-tellings.

#1 - The Creature from the Black Lagoon

It still amazes me that this has not been remade yet. Everyone recognizes the design of The Creature and yet we continue to get movies featuring only human monsters and no full creatures. Like KING KONG, The Creature has an underlying human element that can be exploited on screen to make him a hero, a villain, or both. Plus, with advances in effects, it would be easier than ever to realize a high quality version of this story today.

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10:20PM on 01/25/2014

THISISWHATI'VEBEENSAYINGFORYEARS.

If I ever become a feature-length director, THIS is my first film. I am more than ready.
If I ever become a feature-length director, THIS is my first film. I am more than ready.
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9:34PM on 01/24/2014

agreed.

And dig up the '92 Bill Lancaster script and give it back to Carpenter!
And dig up the '92 Bill Lancaster script and give it back to Carpenter!
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3:18PM on 01/24/2014
Need rebooting is an OXYMORON, a double negative, not a real thing.

Maybe x movies we would like to see rebooted would be better.
Need rebooting is an OXYMORON, a double negative, not a real thing.

Maybe x movies we would like to see rebooted would be better.
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2:47PM on 01/24/2014
Yeah, it's time for a new Creature of the Black Lagoon for sure.

Although I would add Cat People to your list.
Yeah, it's time for a new Creature of the Black Lagoon for sure.

Although I would add Cat People to your list.
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2:45PM on 01/24/2014
I totally agree. I don't know what all the complaining was about. I thought this was a great film.

I would love to see not only a sequel, but a prequel as well, since it seems they were wise enough to give the Father the back story from Werewolf of London.

I totally agree. I don't know what all the complaining was about. I thought this was a great film.

I would love to see not only a sequel, but a prequel as well, since it seems they were wise enough to give the Father the back story from Werewolf of London.

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2:34PM on 01/24/2014
Hell yeah! Even if its not CFTBL, I'd love a creepy as hell gill-man flick.

What was the last one, Humanoids From the Deep? LOL
Hell yeah! Even if its not CFTBL, I'd love a creepy as hell gill-man flick.

What was the last one, Humanoids From the Deep? LOL
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12:37PM on 01/24/2014
I agree with you on this subject. I enjoyed the 2010 Wolfman. I'm a huge Wolfman/Werewolf fan. I'd love to see a sequel and/or reboot.
I agree with you on this subject. I enjoyed the 2010 Wolfman. I'm a huge Wolfman/Werewolf fan. I'd love to see a sequel and/or reboot.
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11:41AM on 01/24/2014
YES! A thousand times, YES!

And don't redesign him to the point he's unrecognisable. Iconic monster is iconic.
YES! A thousand times, YES!

And don't redesign him to the point he's unrecognisable. Iconic monster is iconic.
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11:35AM on 01/24/2014
There was a French-language remake of this as recently as 2012. No idea if it's any good, though.
There was a French-language remake of this as recently as 2012. No idea if it's any good, though.
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11:32AM on 01/24/2014
Of course, the very moment they announce a remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon, everyone on social media will shout, "Hollywood has officially run out of ideas!" (Which they seem to do a lot every year.)
Of course, the very moment they announce a remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon, everyone on social media will shout, "Hollywood has officially run out of ideas!" (Which they seem to do a lot every year.)
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11:30AM on 01/24/2014
Laughton's Quasimodo is iconic. I rewatched the 1939 version as recently as last year and it still holds up after all these years.
Laughton's Quasimodo is iconic. I rewatched the 1939 version as recently as last year and it still holds up after all these years.
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11:25AM on 01/24/2014
They need to skip Karloff's fez-wearing Imhotep movie and head directly to the throat-crunching menace of the Kharis-starring sequels. At least that guy kept his feckin' bandages on for all four movies.

Orci and Kurtzman will fuck this up. Royally.
They need to skip Karloff's fez-wearing Imhotep movie and head directly to the throat-crunching menace of the Kharis-starring sequels. At least that guy kept his feckin' bandages on for all four movies.

Orci and Kurtzman will fuck this up. Royally.
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9:31AM on 01/24/2014
Well, we do already have the Joker (for whom Veidt's character was a big inspiration)
Well, we do already have the Joker (for whom Veidt's character was a big inspiration)
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9:12AM on 01/24/2014
Hollow Man wasn't half bad, but I would love to see a non slasher-y take on the material. Kevin Spacey as the Invisible Man is pretty inspired.
Hollow Man wasn't half bad, but I would love to see a non slasher-y take on the material. Kevin Spacey as the Invisible Man is pretty inspired.
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8:50AM on 01/24/2014
As long as they don't try to make Hyde like a big monster guerilla like in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and (I think I remember this happened) Van Helsing!
As long as they don't try to make Hyde like a big monster guerilla like in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and (I think I remember this happened) Van Helsing!
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7:56AM on 01/24/2014
My favorite of all the classics. I would love that, and feel that it's coming. The next wave of trends, or one of the next is bound to be classic monster done right (not like in the early-mid 2000's when they where done awfully). Just hope they don't over do it.
My favorite of all the classics. I would love that, and feel that it's coming. The next wave of trends, or one of the next is bound to be classic monster done right (not like in the early-mid 2000's when they where done awfully). Just hope they don't over do it.
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7:52AM on 01/24/2014
This was the first horror movie I ever saw, and would love a reboot/sequel. I always wanted one because that scientist kept some in a jar. Also the last monster movie, with a more comedic tone, but was like the Blob was Slither. Kind of.
This was the first horror movie I ever saw, and would love a reboot/sequel. I always wanted one because that scientist kept some in a jar. Also the last monster movie, with a more comedic tone, but was like the Blob was Slither. Kind of.
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7:51AM on 01/24/2014
I'd actually love to see a live-action adaptation of the Disney musical. They could skew darker and make the film longer and more faithful to the novel while retaining the songs and scaling back the comic relief gargoyles. The music in the Disney version of Hunchback is some of the best Menken and Schwartz have ever done.
I'd actually love to see a live-action adaptation of the Disney musical. They could skew darker and make the film longer and more faithful to the novel while retaining the songs and scaling back the comic relief gargoyles. The music in the Disney version of Hunchback is some of the best Menken and Schwartz have ever done.
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7:50AM on 01/24/2014
I actually like the Lloyd Webber stage musical a whole lot, turning the Phantom into a romantic anti-hero who still murders, tortures and generally terrorizes the denizens of the opera house, but because he's misunderstood. The movie version directed by Joel Schumacher doesn't quite do it justice, mainly because Gerard Butler is a terrible singer.
I actually like the Lloyd Webber stage musical a whole lot, turning the Phantom into a romantic anti-hero who still murders, tortures and generally terrorizes the denizens of the opera house, but because he's misunderstood. The movie version directed by Joel Schumacher doesn't quite do it justice, mainly because Gerard Butler is a terrible singer.
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7:48AM on 01/24/2014
I highly recommend checking out the musical (!) version, with David Hasselhoff (!) [link]
I highly recommend checking out the musical (!) version, with David Hasselhoff (!) [link]
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