Back in 2001, Mike and Sulley were a Monsters, Inc.factory dream team. Sulley racked up enough scares to get himself to the top of the scare charts and Mike functioned as the ultimate wingman, keeping his big best furry friend on top of his game. But no one just starts at the top. They had to work their way up and, it turns out, watching Mike and Sulley find their groove at college makes for a worthy Monsters, Inc. prequel. In honor of Monsters University’s June 21 release, we take a look at 10 other big-screen aliens, dinosaurs and obscure creatures deserving of a prequel of their own.
Due to the found-footage perspective, we never get to learn all that much about the Cloverfield monster’s origins, but even though producer J.J. Abrams, director Matt Reeves and writer Drew Goddard chose to do that deliberately to make the point-of-view approach more realistic, they still did go into production with a solid understanding of “Clover’s” condition. Abrams explained, “He’s a baby. He’s brand new. He’s confused, disoriented and irritable. And he’s been down there in the water for thousands and thousands of years.” Reconsidering the monster’s New York City rampage with those attributes in mind undoubtedly makes you wonder where did he (she?) come from and why.
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Oh, Adam Sandler. What are you doing to this industry? A new trailer for Hotel Transylvania just dropped and while it still rocks the film’s wildly amusing premise and cute animation, yet again, Sandler’s painfully recognizable voice extinguishes all of its charm. On the other hand, Seth MacFarlane continues to win big voicing Ted. Even after a number of TV spots and trailers, this whole stuffed-bear-comes-to-life bit still works well in the new restricted featurette, suggesting the concept can easily sustain a full feature.
We also got our first taste of two highly anticipated upcoming releases and, even knowing little to nothing about the source material, the situation and environment shown off in the new Dredd trailer is exciting and intriguing. However, Taken 2 doesn’t look like it’ll live up to its predecessor. The unbelievable action worked well the first time around, but, based on this new international trailer, round two feels more like a parody.
A new clip from Savages just arrive and while it’s not all that bad, Salma Hayek’s rant isn’t as threatening as it was likely meant to be. On the other hand, Channing Tatum can convince me of just about anything – in a movie about male strippers, of course. Special thanks to Magic Mike for wrapping up this introduction with a little eye candy.
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