As we wait with bated breath the release of Leigh Whannel’s THE INVISIBLE MAN later this month—at least *my* breath is bated; isn’t yours?—we get word that the Universal Monsters burgeoning cinematic revival continues to burgeon. There are plans for a Musical to be entitled MONSTER MASH and set to star, well, we don’t know. Presumably all the classic Universal Monsters would be represented. And presumably the movie would be inspired by the classic kitschy Halloween song “Monster Mash” by Boris Pickett.
I’m not sure how to feel about this news. In general Musicals aren’t my cup of tea. But then I do love LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and JEKYLL AND HYDE, those rare conglomerations wherein the Horror property and the Musical intersect. That gives me some hope. If done right, MONSTER MASH could be wonderful. On the other hand, it could be a trainwreck so grandiose as to make the recent big-screen adaptation of CATS seems like, um, not such a bad thing. What it will come down to, for me, is respect. They can parody the Universal Monsters and still do it with a loving attitude, the way they did it when Abbott and Costello met the Monsters. Mockery, however, will most assuredly garner my ire. You don’t want my ire, Universal. I’m implacable. Just ask John Logan about that.