Posted by: Monster Island News on May 19th, 2010
Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: JoBlo / Avery Guerra
Are we living in the second ‘golden age’ of monster films or what?
If you are a huge fan of classic monster movies, like me, then you should be literally smiling ear-to-ear with all the news of remakes and monster movie franchises be ‘reborn’ or ‘relaunched’.
As most of you know, Universal is presently working on reworking all of their classic monster films, namely “Creature From the Black Lagoon”, “Frankenstein” and “Dracula” for a modern audience, and, if you read my article yesterday, it looks as if the publishers of “Famous Monsters of Filmland” magazine are looking to produce a series of their own films based on these monsters as well.
Then, of course, there is the news that Legendary Pictures will be producing a new “Godzilla” movie for a 2012 release as well.
Amazingly enough, the films of the next decade are starting to look a lot like the ones seen in the 1950s’ and 60s’, with film makers leaning more towards films that feature creatures from outer space and monsters that can step on tanks and swat airplanes, and thanks to “Avatar”, just about all of these new, ‘retro-style’ films will be coming at you in 3D.
For those of you who don’t know, 3D films are another throw-back from the 1950s’ as well.
That brings me to today’s topic, a newly announced giant monster flick called “Spider In 3D”, which is just beginning production at Nu Image studios. The film, which will be directed by Tibor Takacs (The Gate) is an obvious homage to films like “Tarantula”, “The Deadly Mantis” and “Black Scorpion”. Films that used to make peoples skin crawl some 40+ years ago.
Here is the synopsis:
A new species of poisonous spider is discovered in the caves of Afghanistan and inadvertently makes its way to New York City where it mutates to gigantic proportions and wreaks havoc on the entire city.
Sounds kinda like the plot for “Tarantula” and “The Deadly Mantis” mixed together doesn’t it?
As I mentioned before, “Spider In 3D” is in the early stages of development, so there is no cast or producers attached to the film yet.
3D Spiders attacking New York? You can’t get any more retro than that. Well, unless you make a movie about a giant ape attacking New York that is.
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Founder of the popular monster and sci-fi blogs Monster Island News and Godzilla 3D News and Information. Ken Hulsey began his writing career in 2000 when he founded kensforce.com a popular site with fans of Japanese sci fi/monster movies (Godzilla, Gamera and the like) and other B movies. In 2008, he closed down his original site and created the blog "Monster Island News" a showcase for classic horror/monster films and independent/alternative cinema.