De-Monster-Mashified Movies – By Danny Runion

We’ve seen numerous versions of various classic horror movies from Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff to Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Beyond Universal Studios, Hammer, to the current times, I’ve mashed a number of horror movies. Think of it as the reverse of the number of times that "Romeo and Juliet" has been converted to the werewolf and vampire clans. Will I get some refund back for all the Underworld movies? However, lately, a new question popped up: how could these movies be de-monsterfied? I picked a few of the big backgrounds like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the DeNeroified Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or transforming Jekyll with the queen of rom-com Julia Roberts for Mary Reilly.

Dracula is known as the count of undead has had quite a number of travels from Transylvania to the other side of the world if not going off planet for things like Dracula 3000. Well, Mel Brooks stuck in Dracula Dead and Loving It. The goofy bad Bela Lugosi impressions seem to hit quite a number of the horror-comedies and even a number of the more horror movies. The typical back story is fairly known to everyone. Try to take the tale of just a visiting business man going to a distant town where his client terrifies the locals. The client imprisons him and heads off to stalk the man’s fiancée. It sounds like a Lifetime movie.

Robert Louis Stephenson gave us the literary genius of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and according to Men at Work the musical brilliance of “Dr Hekyll & Mr. Jive”. Well, it has had some transformation from just the stranger movies in the last few decades from Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde in the 1970s to even Dr Jekyll & Ms. Hyde in the 1990s. Dr Jekyll & Mr. Werewolf managed to cross Jekyll and werewolf in almost Universal Studios crossover. Without the Victorian background, one would almost leap on Bruce Banner and the Hulk for Jekyll/Hyde. A doctor creates an experimental procedure and uses himself as the guinea pig. However, the procedure backfires and releases a far more dangerous side of him than ever imagined.

If Dracula is the count of horror, Frankenstein has to be the duke of doctorism of mad science/monster. The good doctor went from the serious/psychopathic Peter Cushing to the flat out maniacal Colin Clive. Between the musical Frankenstein Sings and the Rock ‘N’ Roll Frankenstein, Mel Brooks tapped Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein.  Frankenstein General Hospital to Lady Frankenstein shows mad science and equal opportunities are available in the medical field. A doctor operates on a patient but the experimental procedure fails which leads the patient to hunt down the surgeon for vengeance. Think of it as a medical Death Wish.

HG Well’s Invisible Man could be seen more as the typical story or the more comedic ones: Kid Who Wasn’t There to Man Who Wasn’t There. From just the sci-fi Hollow Man to the attempted horror of the Invisible Maniac, an old quote stated that "power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely". What could the ability to not be caught have on anyone? They could literally get away with theft, murder, or even just walking to the front of the line. It would have to affect them and probably not in the best of ways.