For the most part, the days of the classic monster movie are over. Modern moviegoing audiences are simply too sophisticated to quake at the sight of a shambling, dusty old mummy or a be-caped vampire with a distinctive widow's peak and a propensity for pronouncing his w's as v's. The werewolves, vampires, ghosts and zombies ("Frankensteins") of yesteryear still have enormous appeal, but more often as the subjects of parodies or comedies than of horror movies.
The latest movie to use classic monsters for laughs is acclaimed animator and director Genndy Tartakovsky's (Samurai Jack, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) upcoming 3-D family comedy, Hotel Transylvania, which revolves around a secret hotel run by Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) that caters to monsters who want a little getaway from torch-waving humans. Described by Tartakovsky as a "silly" movie — "Not every movie has to be a Pixar movie. If someone wants to make something like Dumb and Dumber, why can’t we?" — Hotel Transylvania goes straight for laughs, but monster comedies run the entire gamut from child-friendly cheese to really scary-with-a-smidge-of-comic relief. Help us make some sense of these horror-comedy hybrids by rating the Top 10 Monster Movie Comedies.
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Writer Seth Grahame-Smith first gained notoriety writing the mash-up novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which Lionsgate has optioned, but is having a hard time keeping a director on board, having just lost its third. Grahame-Smith's second best-selling novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, was also turned into a movie, with Grahame-Smith handling the script adaptation. The writer then moved on to handling the script for the upcoming Dark Shadows and, most recently, took on the responsibilities of writing a Beetlejuice sequel as part of a production deal he signed with Warner Bros. last September.
Not many Beetlejuice fans were pleased with the idea of another installment, so Grahame-Smith told EW last October that the sequel will be "a true continuation 26 years later" after the original and will feature Michael Keaton as the title character. While the movie has yet to be written, Grahame-Smith told ShockTillYouDrop that he has met with Keaton about the sequel. grahame-smith talks Beetlejuice and Abraham Lincoln sequels >> Posted 02.14.12 by Ryan
In Shrek Forever After, the formerly dashing lothario Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) has morphed into a morbidly obese, singularly unmotivated housecat. When fantasy's ultimate swashbuckler can no longer buckle his swash, you know things are bad. Puss isn't the first to have his downhill slide observed by the merciless eye of the camera. In fact, the list of characters with unfortunate cinematic transformations is considerable. We've compiled a video list of the most distressing cases.See Top 10 "Wow, You've Really Let Yourself Go" Movies >> Posted 05.19.10 by reelz