Director Joe Dante in the Mood for Some Romantic 'Monster Love'
Love triangles have been brewing between werewolves, vampires and/or humans in The Twilight Saga, but now a more respectable name involved with monsters and horror films is stepping into the arena. Shock Til You Drop reports director Joe Dante, the man who brought us Gremlins, is working on a horror comedy romance. Yes the filmmaker is now crafting Monster Love, the story of a werewolf and a vampire falling in love and igniting a war between their monstrous societies. Apparently pre-production is already underway with the monster influenced Romeo and Juliet-eqsue script coming from Greg Pak (Planet Hulk). Read on!
Here's the official synopsis for Greg Pak's Monster Love:
A werewolf and a vampire fall in love, igniting a war between their respective communities. It's 'Romeo and Juliet' with fangs.
After Pete, a young dogwalker, gets dumped by his girlfriend, his slacker buddies convince him to run naked through the city park. As the moon rises, the boys laugh, howl, and transform… Later, a distraught young woman named Maggie is contemplating suicide when she’s surprised by an enormous wolf. She snarls, baring her vampire fangs. The wolf grins and barks: Let’s play!
After a fierce, exhilarating chase through the park, Maggie falls asleep with the wolf - and awakens in a naked young man’s arms. It’s Pete. And love at first sight.
Pete’s werewolf pals and Maggie’s upper-crust vampire clan are furious. And when some mangled bodies are discovered in the woods, Pete and Maggie must fight for their lives while grappling with the awful consequences of loving a monster.
While another story with vampires and werewolves seems excessive nowadays, at least someone who's had great success with mashing up horror and comedy in the past is involved with this project. I'll reserve any real judgment until we see some stills or a trailer, but for now consider me cautiously optimistic. Gremlins remains one of my favorite horror comedies, and if the creature work in Monster Love keeps up with that, at least we'll have some interesting art direction, make-up and special effects to look forward to in the future. Though we never saw The Hole in 3D - was Dante's return to directing any good? What do you think?