Hellboy vs. Dracula vs. Frankenstein vs. The Mummy??

Mad Spanish genius Guillermo del Toro recently spent some time at the New York Film Festival, because his brilliant "Pan's Labyrinth" was playing there, and he took some time to ponder the idea of ... "Hellboy" vs. some old-school Universal monsters.

The exceedingly entertaining news comes from IGN.com: ""I must say that I'm having a great experience right now at Universal, because I find that their understanding of Hellboy as a possibility is so great," del Toro says. "My hope is that if everything goes well and we continue [the franchise], Hellboy can start fighting the Universal monsters! I would love to see that."

It's enough to make a fanboy faint. And del Toro also adds that he's not talking about designing new versions of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, and the rest of Universal's stable of characters, ala Van Helsing, but rather recreating the classic Karloff/Lugosi/Chaney Jr./etc. classics of yesteryear.

"I would love to [go with the classic versions], I would love to," laughs the director, who says that Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon are his favorites. "[Hellboy creator Mike] Mignola, when we closed the deal with Universal, we both looked at each other and just said, 'Frankenstein!'""

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