The Monster High Live-Action Movie Is A Bizarre, Fantasy Musical
Get ready ghouls— monster raised is back with a live action movie that will make all your spooky dreams come true.
A new Nickolodeon movie trailer features some favorite characters (and Frankie Stein apparently uses those pronouns!) and the fantasy world (ha) of Monster High. It’s garish and over the top, with shiny makeup and costumes and we wouldn’t want it any other way. (Seriously – Destiny: The Winx Sagatake notes on how a magical girl cartoon live action is supposed to look).
For the uninitiated, Monster High is a range of dolls, movies and web shows from Mattel, based on a line of dolls launched in 2010 that lasted eight years. Each of the dolls was based on a classic monster archetype, but more sleek and cool. They were as fashionable as Barbies and Bratz dolls, but with a fun twist that turned scary monsters into something totally chic.
The three central characters, for example – Clawdeen, Frankie and Draculaura – were based on a werewolf, Frankenstein’s monster and Dracula. But the toy line stretched far and wide, with dolls that drew on a wide variety of influences, like Operetta, the rockabilly daughter of the Phantom of the Opera, and Amanita Nightshade, a plant monster born from the seed of a corpse flower. The lore is pretty goofy and all over the place, but that’s what made Monster High super special.
In addition to the doll line and the movies, there was also a web series that ran from 2010 to 2015. Mattel also launched a spin-off toy line called Ever After High, which followed the children of characters from popular fairy tales. But declining sales prompted Mattel to reboot the doll line and web series in 2016, this time aimed at younger audiences. That didn’t work out, and the line was discontinued in 2018 – however, in 2020 Mattel relaunched Monster High with collector’s edition dolls and the announcement of that movie, along with a new anime series.
Monster High: The Movie will premiere on Nickelodeon and Paramount Plus on October 6, just in time for Halloween.