Future of Universal Monsters

Mike Matei / October 16th, 2015


  • Rennie Page

    October 16, 2015 at 3:36 am

    My favorites.

    • chris jackso

      October 16, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      LONGER LONGER LONGER. KEEP GOING UNTIL YOU HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO TALK ABOUT. 20 minutes is def longer than before and i love it! if you dont wanna release stuff that isnt perfect then release it as UNEDITED! everything!!!

  • Peter Tomlinson

    October 16, 2015 at 3:47 am

    The Maguffin should be something that grants whoever has it the wish of their choice
    Dracula-Immunity to sunlight
    Wolfman-removal of curse
    Mummy-be reunited with his love in death
    Gillman-revival of his race
    Frankenstein monster-for the bride to not be afraid of him
    Invisible man-abilty to become visible/invisible whenever he wants
    Dr. Jekyll-Eradication of Hyde
    Mr. Hyde-Separation from Jekyll

    What would be really intresting is if they filmed it like Clue and gave different endings to different theaters.

    • Tom Waits

      October 16, 2015 at 4:49 am

      I feel like your way off hear. The maguffin should reflect the character that the wizard addresses. What I mean by that is.
      Frankenstein\Tin man(Heart)- Bit of an assumption on my part but, if I were building a corpse to be reanimated with electricity I wouldn’t think bloodflow was very important.
      Mummy\Scarecrow(Brain)- James just nailed it here, his line of thinking about the organs being removed before mummification is what got me thinking along these lines.
      Wolfman\Cowardly Lion(Courage namely balls, a.k.a Nards. and as we all know Wolman doesn’t have nards.
      There’s your Monster Squad tie in, if it weren’t for “Dorothy’s” adventure with the Monsters, Wolfman would in fact not have had nards on the night in question.

    • Alexander Koller

      October 16, 2015 at 7:12 am

      I like your ideas.
      Some time ago, there was a Lego series of the classic monsters, like the Gill-Man, Frankenstein’s monster and the wolfman. They each had a McGuffin that, if all were brought together, would unleash their cumulative magical potential. Something like that could be done for a Universal Monsters All-Star movie. But I guess that could also be too similar to what Marvel is doing with the infinity stones.

    • zbeeblebrox

      October 17, 2015 at 12:16 am

      Well remember, in Mad Mad Mad Mad World, the money they’re all going after ends up getting scattered across town, in a sort of “nobody wins; everybody wins” ending. You could do a similar thing if the McGuffin is like, a Genie’s lamp and their struggle over the prize winds up freeing the Genie from his prison, or something like that.

      • meinerHeld

        October 29, 2015 at 6:06 pm

        Or maybe the Maguffin should be money…to fund a new movie for the monster who wins it! I kid I kid…

  • October 16, 2015 at 3:58 am

    you dudes need to just make an animatic of this movies complete with voice overs and animation it could be great and itll be prepackaged to present to some studio, thatd be great.

  • October 16, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Was hoping for a tad bit more discussion on how each monster’s individual film could be done in this day and age.

    Maguffin should be the soul of Vincent Price.

    • MrPlow3

      October 16, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Yeah I agree, and on that note I actually LOVE Van Helsing. The CGI was pure garbage but if you can go beyond that it was a good movie.

      If they made a slightly darker version of that and tone down the comedy and CGI I think people would love it.

      • akronymn

        October 16, 2015 at 11:00 pm

        Van Helsing could have been much better. I would have rather seen Van Helsing be more like a Castlevania type of character instead ripping off James Bond. Could he have been strong and cunning enough to fight all these monsters without an automatic crossbow given to him by some character that was obviously Q? fixing the cgi would not fix the movie.

      • ToadRoad

        October 17, 2015 at 1:15 pm

        I don’t think Van Helsing is as bad as many people say, but that CGI is really distracting.

  • October 16, 2015 at 4:00 am

    mcguffin an amulate of untold power grants the finder their deepest desire, simple and cliche

  • October 16, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Damn Matt tel us how you really feel…

  • A.J.

    October 16, 2015 at 4:51 am

    The Mcguffin – if this is somewhat comedy oriented – could be a new movie deal, or series, or trilogy. Whoever wins will get to star in a new, serious Universal film.

    • Timur Smakaev

      October 16, 2015 at 5:54 am

      Actually thats not a bad idea, because it ties the film up with the reality, which is like a new millenia-fashion. Though it seems “unserious”, but I think it has some base behind it. Because I feel like, the thing that connects the monsters (at least most of them) is that they are somehow defeated in all the movies and obviously they don’t want that. And as soon as this from the start is going to be a breakout, all the monsters loose, I think they’d want to continue on “not die” in this world of shit. So its like, this option has two sides, on the one light/comedy site, they are just fighting for a remake (which is like money chasing) and on the other sad one, they are like the team of old wrestlers fighting for their place among all the young ones. So all in all the goal is to prove (remind) whos the boss here and on the top get a new film. (and I think the plot centered about something out of their universe “new film” can be played in many ways, could even be kept secret until the end while being more abstract)

  • Kevin McLaughlin

    October 16, 2015 at 4:52 am

    I want to see a Dracula Vs The Mummy movie because they are both undead lords from the past, battling for the power to rule again. Plus they tend to have the most powers in order to do battle with each other.

  • October 16, 2015 at 5:16 am

    I want to give James some money to make It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Universal Monster World. It sounds fun.

  • David Ying

    October 16, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Hi. Were can i buy a cinemassacre T-shirt? if possible.

  • Don Skiver

    October 16, 2015 at 6:43 am

    I started writing this big long response as to why I believe this generation is incapable of creating a “serious” horror movie starring the universal monsters due to the times we live in and the way history has shaped us and how people have lived through much much scarier events in VERY recent history…but I stopped because I feel like this would be a better topic for someone’s dissertation than for a message board. I feel like your Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World idea would be better received (even though it’s also very dated for today’s people) and I feel like the shared “Marvel-esque” action films of the monsters would be best received by today’s people.

    There’s a reason why more young people today have read and are more familiar with comics than they are with the bible, believe it or not. I say capitalize on that as much as possible and strike while the iron is hot. These are the times we live in…but times change and nothing lasts forever. Some day the marvel films will be viewed with the same derision as black and white films with some future generation deriding “super hero films” and how they refuse to watch them on the grounds that they are super hero films.

  • October 16, 2015 at 7:18 am

    In my opinion, it should be the Necronomicon. It is a stretch, but it could do pretty much what you want it to do for any of the monsters pursuing it.

  • Anonymous Asshole

    October 16, 2015 at 8:13 am

    The monsters were all after a woman. The MacGuffin would be getting laid.

  • Antony Pols

    October 16, 2015 at 8:19 am

    So… I can’t see my comment (as happens often on this site). So I copy paste my comment to post again, but get the message that this comment has already been posted. What’s up with that, doc?

    • Antony Pols

      October 16, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Of course this comment I see immediately after posting.. (this one too?)

      • Antony Pols

        October 16, 2015 at 8:20 am

        Of course.

    • Antony Pols

      October 16, 2015 at 8:23 am

      Re-posting my original comment just doesn’t work. Did I make some wierd word combination magic spell for that particular comment to go invisible or something?

      • Satnav

        October 16, 2015 at 8:53 pm

        If your comment has the word ‘f i r s t’ in it, it won’t show up.

  • Antony Pols

    October 16, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Promise of a legendary magical Island secluded from the world.
    The Island will re-shape itself to the owning monster’s needs.
    The “race” is rigged so all monster arrive at the boat the same time.
    There is no Island.
    It’s just a ploy to get them on all on one boat.
    So they can get attacked/killed by the mastermind’s pet shark: Jaws.
    Everyone “dies” except for Jaws and the Creature.
    During their fight the Kraken shows up and pulls everything down to the ocean floor.
    Jaws, the Creature, the remains of the monsters and the ship remains vanish out of sight.

    The End..?

  • October 16, 2015 at 8:39 am

    I’ve been REALLY wondering what your guys’ thoughts on this whole deal was

  • October 16, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Ok, not so much horror movies as comedies…
    If it were a “fight all monsters”, it would definitively be easier to make a VS “Street Fighter” game than a movie. But a semi-cooperative story to find a common goal (and betrayals near the end) could become a pretty good movie there.
    Although, adapting the comics sounds like a good plan there as well.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 16, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Somebody make that Mad Mad Mad Mad World movie happen. Do a Kickstarter, do whatever you need to do, cause he’s onto something

  • Mac Tonight

    October 16, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Wolfmans got nards….

  • Slamraptor

    October 16, 2015 at 9:29 am

    OK just watched the intro and had to pause to say: that was a badass intro theme (:

    • JayRam

      October 16, 2015 at 11:03 am

      The intro was totally unexpected. I thought it sounded like Bootsy.

  • October 16, 2015 at 9:35 am

    The Maguffin should be the Mummy’s heart, taken from him during burial rites and separated from him. The Mummy obviously wants a piece of himself back. Dracula would love to have not only an immortal bleeding heart to drink from, but also the Mummy as a slave. The Wolfman wants it to have a full blood transfusion to rid himself of the curse. Frankenstein wants to make his monster stronger with it. The Creature from the Black Lagoon just gets caught up in when its bestial instincts go in to high gear from all these strange people being around.

  • greyshark

    October 16, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Macguffin = to be normal and human.

  • October 16, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I’m afraid the monsters are going be CGI and terribly misrepresented. Hollywood is willing to destroy anything for personal monetary gain (The Smurfs, Garfield, Alvin and the Chipmunks). I would just stick to the original films.

  • Daniel

    October 16, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I think the McGuffin would be something related to the message “they want to be remembered”. So the treasure would be copies of their old movies in reels. These are their memories that need to be preserved, memories that are dying. It makes for a more emotional ending and “feel good” ending.

    Imagine something like Dracula finding the reel of “Son of Dracula” and saying “Oh, I know this! I love this movie! It had Lon Chaney Jr, remember?”. Then The Wolf Man would grab a reel of one of his movies and say something similar like “Oh! Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man! I missed this so much! It has Bela Lugosi! I had so much with making this!”.

    The McGuffin should be more emotional in my opinion.

    • Daniel

      October 16, 2015 at 11:06 am

      *I had so much FUN making this

  • October 16, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I saw the 1985 film “The Bride” On an over the air station known as MOVIES. It was a Frankenstein film. Very interesting. I noticed u had not reviewed this one. Some creepy parts.

  • Tom Rautner

    October 16, 2015 at 11:44 am

    There is kinda a Film like James descriped (allthought its a Cartoon -> Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf )

    That Plot (taken form wiki): Every year, all of the classic Hollywood monsters (consisting of Frankenstein’s monster, his wife Repulsa, a Mummy, the Witch Sisters, Bone Jangles the Skeleton, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Snyde, Swamp Thing, and Dragonfly) gather at Count Dracula’s castle in Transylvania for the “Monster Road Rally”, an ultimate road race similar to Wacky Races, awarding the winner with the “Monster of the Year” award as well as many other prizes only monsters would enjoy (and one prize — a trip to Hawaii — that none of the monsters want).

  • October 16, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    The treasure or Mcguffin should be mortality. The monsters are tired of living forever and are seeking to be mortal so they could finally be put to rest and not suffer anymore.

  • NukeA6

    October 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I definitely would like a Frankenstein movie that is more accurate to the novel. Marvel sure did that in Monster of Frankenstein so I’m definitely for them doing a whole Golden Age monster universe. That’s the only way I can see a action-oriented series starring the Universal horror icons and they can even reveal Blade in Tomb of Dracula.

    Sadly, I predict a flop in what Universal might do. Can’t they just get a license like what Sony and Fox did?

  • fantasticfink

    October 16, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    The mcguffin would be the rights to the movies so they don’t have to do shitty action remakes.

  • porksaw

    October 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Hey James and Mike, what are your thoughts about the news that they make a new King Kong vs Godzilla movie?

    I would like to see a classic Universal Monster vs modern Monster movie.
    Something like Dracula, Frankenstein Monster and Wolfman vs Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers

  • October 16, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Well, in the original book of “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy did go to Oz, but the film made it a dream because they thought audiences wouldn’t take a fantasy film seriously if it weren’t a dream. I’m an Oz dork. XD

  • Andrew Brown

    October 16, 2015 at 5:37 pm


  • Wayne

    October 16, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    The MacGuffin would be The Book of the Dead:

  • JayRam

    October 16, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    James: since you’re talking about personal projects, have you ever had an idea for a story that you thought would work best as an computer animated or stop motion film?

  • chris jackso

    October 16, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I LOVE how you do a different opening for each episode of monster madness. ive been waiting for that since the beginning!

  • Smashole

    October 16, 2015 at 6:24 pm


    • October 16, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Such an epic bad ass, you’re ruling these videos now. James an Mike are running scared.

      • Smashole

        October 20, 2015 at 1:06 pm

        Thanks, man! Glad you understand!
        By the way, James and Mike ARE running scared, ’cause they haven’t done SHIT! HA!!!

  • ward debussac

    October 16, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Have you guys ever seen “Frankenstein and Me”? I haven’t seen it since I was a kid, but this made me video think of it. I watched the trailer just now and it’s total low budget, but I saw it a few times on Super Channel as a kid and thought it was pretty awesome. It has all the monsters- probably totally got sued to shit afterwards in hindsight.

  • October 16, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    The opening “It’s Cinemassacres Monster Madness” sounded like it was done by Ghost, and that would be beyond awesome

  • dawwe88

    October 16, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    The MacGuffin should be the Necronomicon. Now this might be a bit of a stretch seeing as it isn’t REALLY that Universal related. But you gotta admit that it’s a good fit.

  • October 16, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    What I always thought would be cool is a movie depicting a monster war between the “classics” (basically the Universal Monsters) and the “slashers” (Freddy, Jason, Myers, Leatherface, etc.)

    But, it wouldn’t be an even battle. The classics would dominate putting the slashers in the ironic position of “scared victim” until both become the prey of a third group of monsters…the “kaiju”!

    This movie would be impossible of course, but I’d love to see it.

  • October 16, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Mike always gets overly excited and talks over James

  • Firx

    October 16, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    The MacGuffin would be . . . A MAGICAL LAMP! With a very classic genie inside. Blue, pointy ears, emphatic nods, the whole works.

  • October 17, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I always thought the classic monsters should be in a band.

  • max conde

    October 17, 2015 at 12:31 am

    If they do something similar to the Avengers where you have the monsters come together and fight. who would be the antagonist? the only thing that comes to my mind is the Devil

  • Pope_Francis

    October 17, 2015 at 1:47 am

    The MacGuffin is clearly to be the lead in the new universal monster movie!

  • fcabanski

    October 17, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Angry Video Game Monster

    Avengers, DC are popular because Hollywood wants to change them to have liberal ideals.

  • fcabanski

    October 17, 2015 at 3:39 am

    The monsters want a TV contract like the Zombies have for Walking Dead.

  • Eelco

    October 17, 2015 at 4:30 am

    The things I’m really only waiting for concerning the Universal Studios monsters:

    1) Frankenstein. By this I mean a really well done version of the story like Bram Stoker’s: Dracula (1992).
    And sorry, I didn’t like the 1994 Kenneth Brannagh Frankestein movie.

    2) Castlevania.

    The whole action/horror Marvel universe idea of the Universal Studios monsters. Hmmm…rather not!

  • ikensee

    October 17, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Maguffin: A young beautiful woman. Seems like in all the Universal movies there is a young beautiful woman. Frankenstein’s monster would want to marry her, Dracula would want her for a bride, Mummy would want her for a bride, Wolfman would want to fall in love with her to feel more human…basically all these monster’s just want lovin’. They’re not evil, just very hormonal. That’s how I always viewed the monster movies. Plus, keeping it simple is always best.

  • Velocium

    October 17, 2015 at 11:07 am

    James, Mike, you know, Zombies Ate My Neighbors would be a great idea for a movie with all the classic monsters. A classic game that has potential to reignite the flame for those monsters lost in time. If you ever played the game, I think you would strongly agree. I mean there is a plot already laid out. You’ll probably need to tweek it a bit, cause the game itself doesn’t really give a detailed explanation besides the fact that the chaos was caused by a mad scientist names Dr. Toungue. Questions linger on like How, when, and where we’re never really explained to me whenever I played the game.anyways, I’m just a huge fan of that game and it would be cool i know what your thoughts would be on this idea.

  • October 17, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    People who don’t watch black & white movies actually really really cheese off. It’s a lazy bias that annoys me.

  • October 17, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I agree with James that Universal is waisting a golden oppurtunity by not showing the classics on TV. It is probably a copyright thing.

  • October 17, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Personally I would like the see the Universal monsters reinvented as kind of horror-themed super-antiheroes. I’d give all of them their own films, maybe a couple crossover battles and then have them united in one film as a reluctant group to battle some realy powerful menace like Count Orlock or a Zombie plague or something like that.

  • October 17, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    James ive got your Maguffin….THE LAST UNICORN!!! if you eat it or drink its blood it cures ANY ailment you have cause its MAGICAL!!!!

  • October 17, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    and when they all get there and see it they all start crying and hugging cause its so beautiful and they cant kill it THE END!

  • Bryce Neuner

    October 17, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I really enjoy how passionate you guys are on the Universal Monster’s topic and just want to see your favorite movies done justice. I think that the movie industry does have a soft spot for the classic monsters. The #2 top box office movie right now is Hotel Transylvania 2 and has grossed $117 million in three weeks. So all the classic monsters appear in the film and it’s an animated comedy for kids. So they are trying to keep the great characters relevant for new generations of monster fans who may not even know about the black and white films. It’s probably extremely difficult to capture the magic of the originals in the remakes. I wasn’t all that impressed with the Wolfman remake with Benicio Del Toro. As hard as they tried to capture the essence of the original the really ruined the ending. As much as I would like to see a serious attempt to remake the classics, I feel like maybe it just can’t be done justice. Interesting ideas about blending the classic monsters with other films though. Keep up the great videos!

  • Aaron

    October 18, 2015 at 4:13 am

    My family got together at my brother’s campsite last night, and as we were sitting around the camp fire, he said we should watch a Halloween movie. I had brought my horror collection along w/ me just in case. I popped in “Creature From the Black Lagoon”, and we all made s’mores as we watched it. Good stuff. I love the classics.

  • bud

    October 18, 2015 at 7:01 am

    If they did reboot the Universal Monsters series, I would want them to be pure horror, low-budget remakes. None of this big-budget, larger than life CGI crap-fests. I, Frankenstein and Dracula Untold were HORRIBLE. I hated Van Helsing and Constantine and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and all these bullshit takes on classic media. Just take it back to its pure horror roots with no fuss. That’s what I want.

    • bud

      October 18, 2015 at 7:25 am

      When you mentioned the monster versions of Wizard of Oz and Mad Mad Mad Mad World, did you mean them as comedies? As soon as you mentioned the Muppets, I thought it would be cool to have a Muppet Monster Movie along the lines of those Abbott and Costello team-ups.

  • aardcat

    October 18, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    modern action films of universal monsters? i saw “i, frankenstein” and wish i had a gun to get that movie out of my head. just saying.

  • TagaZok

    October 18, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Yeah bring back the universal monster … And Mike And James What a good idea to show those movie at Halloween time …they are the classic of Halloween holiday !

  • Daniel Coogan

    October 19, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    If you want to see an awesome gothic monster mash with a twist – watch PENNY DREADFUL!!

  • Smeghead420

    October 20, 2015 at 12:56 am

    The Maguffin would have to be some kind of talisman or elixir or item that would return them to a state or normalcy. Something that they would all deeply desire and wouldaffect them equally.

  • adam loewen

    October 20, 2015 at 4:41 am

    McGuffin could maybe be a potion that cures whatever monster of their “curse”. I mean, it’s debatable, but I think a lot of the monsters would either want to not be monsters, or at least to have possession of some such potion or amulet. Maybe Dr. Frankenstein discovered some radiation raygun that turns monsters back into ordinary people… or sharks or whatever.

  • Cliff Peck

    October 20, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I really like James’s “Wizard of Oz” and “Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” idea. Universal’s got a lot of great ideas they could work with but I feel like every generation deserves new horrific re-tellings of these classic characters. Mike makes some great points though. By having these new movies more action oriented and with a PG-13 rating, the characters could appeal to younger audiences which could lead them to the older flicks. I heard that there was talk of a serious remake of “Creature From The Black Lagoon” but from the looks of it, that’ll probably never happen. Great video guys! Tried commenting earlier but my post wasn’t showing up for some odd reason. So if this pops up twice i’m sorry! Looking forward to more videos! Cinemassacre kicks ass! \m/

  • low_tone1

    October 21, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Dracula vs. the Invisible Man: Invisible Dracula!!!

  • low_tone1

    October 21, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    A revitalization of horror comics would go a long way to help the industry and perhaps lay the groundwork for Universal monster action films.

  • ninjamohawk

    October 22, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Nothing good will come from the classic awesome Universal monsters anymore. Too much of a money risk and it’s ALL about money these days, not true film making.

  • ninjamohawk

    October 22, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Also what all the monsters want is HUMANITY. Dracula wants the blood of humanity, Wolfman wants to be human again, Frankenstein wants to be a real boy like Pinocchio, etc. Humanity!

  • October 22, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I think they could pull off the action/horror thing if they write a universe similar to the anime Hellsing! An insanely indestructible and immortal Dracula vs. Nazis and the Catholic Church. Pure AWESOMENESS!

  • October 24, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    This years Halloween horror nights had a house that included the classic monsters. It was well done.

  • ChristianSCWS

    October 25, 2015 at 10:28 am

    this is a great discussion. I cat see all of the monsters getting their own films because sadly I think the culture isn’t capable of taking the wolfman, jackel/hyde or possibly even gilman seriously. I think these guys will show up as supporting characters or cameos… but I can see a modern take on Frankenstein where the doctor is a military scientist and frankenstein is a black ops project. That’d be cool.

  • Kent Gissing

    October 29, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    The munchkins are obviously played by the gremlins…. duuh.. ^^

  • Ben_from_G-town

    November 1, 2015 at 12:03 am

    This Universal Monsters revival thing sounds like it’s in development hell and will probably stay that way for a while. The thought experiments you had here were hilarious, though.

  • NewBenCity

    November 1, 2015 at 3:54 am

    This will sound weird.. but I kinda want them all in oen movie together… and be a bit like the avengers.. but evil and they’ll go around terrorising the modern world… anyone else think if it was done REALLY REALLY well, and I mean PERFECTLY it would be great. Right??

  • Ty Palmer

    November 30, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I was very impressed with how Monster Madness 9 turned out.

  • Jacob Boeve

    October 3, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I feel the classic approach wouldn’t work anymore. A couple of monsters walking around strangling people aren’t interesting for most people and it would feel tired and not very original. It would be a new version, updated and for current audiences.
    And I have to disagree, the golden age of horror is the 80’s for me.

  • Jacob Boeve

    October 3, 2017 at 10:56 am

    You could have the monsters hunt some kind of cure. None of them know whether it makes them human, but they all wanna give it a try and hopefully end up living a normal life.

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