Next 3 Monster Movies: 'Overlord,' 'Fantastic Beasts 2,' 'Hellboy'

Next 3 Monster Movies: 'Overlord,' 'Fantastic Beasts 2,' 'Hellboy'

Aug 13, 2018

The Meg

Action thriller The Meg, featuring Jason Statham vs. a giant shark (above), enjoyed a robust opening at the box office this past weekend. The popular response to the film reminded everyone that sharks + summer = big interest for moviegoers.

It's not just sharks and summer, though. The giant size of the shark in The Meg put it in a league with other classic monsters in movie history, which made us curious about upcoming monsters that will be featured on the big screen. Here are three movies that all promise monsters we haven't seen before.

Overlord

Produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Julius Avery, the film is set during World War II and follows two Allied soldiers during and after D-Day. They stumble upon a Nazi experiment gone wrong and all hell breaks loose when scary creatures emerge from a secret hiding place.

The trailer looks absolutely terrifying. The period setting is fresh and so is this particular angle on monsters. What may be the film's secret ingredient, though, is the screenplay, written by veteran scribes Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, but also Suspect Zero and Flightplan) and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant, but also Vacancy and Martyrs). Overlord will open in theaters everywhere on November 9.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Written by J.K. Rowling directly for the screen, the second installment in a series promises more new monsters, friendly and otherwise, and a different look at familiar characters. Of this trio of upcoming action-thrillers, this is obviously the most suitable for families, but it still exudes a dark fantasy charge.

The story should again be the main attraction, expanding the dramatic landscape and allowing for more action of a different sort. We hope for a lot of new monsters when this blockbuster hits theaters on November 16.

Hellboy

Hellboy

No trailer yet, but our first look at David Harbour as the titular character (above) was certainly reassuring for moviegoers in general. There is every indication that the film is aiming for an R-rating, which will distinguish it from Guillermo del Toro's two outstanding entries, both rated PG-13.

Simply adding more explicit violence, of course, is not the point. Instead, we're hoping to see a new story that can go beyond an origin story to explore the conflict and torment at the heart of Mike Mignola's original creation, a monster by some definitions, a hero by others. A fine supporting cast, including Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane and Daniel Dae Kim, is certainly a good start.

Even more important: director Neil Marshall, who has consistently turned out terrific genre movies and key episodes of television shows that always exceed expectations. Our hopes are high; we look forward to the new Hellboy in theaters on January 11, 2019.

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