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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Some serious weirdness

3/10
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA
28 July 2006

This film is worth watching for the fact it is one of the few surviving artifacts of the spook-show era. The spook-shows were theatrical presentations that usually combined horror-related magic tricks and a feature. It was an effective gimmick at the time, and they were very popular from the 30s up to the 60s. However, various factors lead to the demise of this form of entertainment and they are now long-forgotten today.

This short film was part of a spook show presentation. When the film played, the monsters on screen would crash out of the screen to capture screaming young girls (in reality actors with masks who hid behind the screen). Any analyzing of artistic merit would be pointless. In fact any analyzing of it as a film would be pointless. It was created as a gimmick and probably sold well at the time. Viewed today, it is an interesting relic from a long-forgotten craze, the "Spook Show". The DVD from Something Weird Video is a must-buy to fully understand the "Spook Show" in context. The short film itself is interesting and a surreal glimpse of an era long gone. (3/10)

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Buy the DVD

Author: cpetr13 from United States
17 October 2005

In order to get even close to the full effect, you must get the Something Weird DVD version and imagine yourself to be a teenager in the 50's or 60's. Spook shows were evening-long events, not just a movie, and the atmosphere was giddy and creepy at the same time. I personally just missed being old enough to experience it first-hand, but have talked to many people who did go to them.

Some were awful and amateurish and some did a good job. But they were never meant to be anything more than a good time to have with your date or friends. And this movie probably typifies the experience more than any other--a little self-indulgent, a little off-kilter, and good, cheesy fun.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

short and strange

4/10
Author: Hessian499 from Pittsburgh, PA
24 August 2001

A rather short film, but actually this works well as the script and material probably couldn't have filled up much more time anyway. A mix between horror and farce, this is one of those films that is so bad it's good, and the whole cast and crew do seem to be enjoying themselves even with the low production values. Monsters Crash the Pajama Party is a strange little movie, but once you begin to watch it you realize it's a film that doesn't take itself too seriously and you'll want to stay with it until the end. An interesting movie to watch!

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Bad

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
9 July 2008

Monsters Crash the Pajama Party (1965)

1/2 (out of 4)

Long before audience members started acting out The Rocky Horror Picture Show, there were the famous "Spook Shows". With these events theaters would show some sort of low-budget horror movie and do a William Castle-like event of having monsters from the screen walking around in the theater scaring those watching the movie. This film has five sorority girls spending the night in a haunted house where an evil doctor and his gorilla assistant are doing nasty experiments. As far as the film goes it's incredibly poorly made, features horrid acting and the so called story is very weak but I guess the events in the movie would make for an interesting spook show. Since I only have the film itself to review then it's not really fair to guess what the spook show crowd would have done but even at thirty-minutes this particular show is hard to get through. I think what really hurts the film is how it starts. There aren't any opening credits and instead we just have a narrator telling us who directed, stars and wrote the film. Okay but we also have the gorilla acting out all the jobs, which is okay I guess but this sequence runs on and on to the point where it just gets boring. The only time I laughed during the film is one sequence where a werewolf jumps out to scare the girls but his pants fall down instead.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Taken in context it's OK....

2/10
Author: preppy-3 from United States
19 July 2003

by itself, it's dreadful.

Horrible short film about some idiots who decide to spend a night in a haunted house. Naturally there's a mad doctor in the basement doing some stupid experiments...or something.

Tacky sets, lousy acting, stupid script, dumb jokes...really a chore to sit through. Seeing this in a movie theatre as part of a spook show it probably worked. By itself it just looks pretty desperate. Still, I suppose we should be grateful that this even exists anymore. It IS an important piece of American cinema (so to speak). But I really can't give it more than a 2.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

This DVD is fun

Author: EricLoubert from United States
20 October 2009

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Monsters Crash the Pajama Party isn't only a movie, but a collection of all sorts of crazy stuff! You won't know what you'll find. It could be a short film, an obscure movie clip, a home-made video from the 1920's, & there's lots more to find on this great DVD. It's the perfect DVD to watch during a Halloween party. You'll even have fun playing with the menus. This is something that you'll want to snag a copy of for Halloween. For another review of this DVD, you may wanna check out for a more specific input on the DVD. James Rolfe has a great review on video, of this DVD on his website, cinemassacre.com. here is the link for the review. http://www.cinemassacre.com/new/?p=2614

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Not a typical movie

Author: Schlockmeister from Midnight Movie Land
23 October 2002

The movie's plot has been explained well in other entries here, so I'll just cut to background and some context here. This movie was made to be part of the old movie theatre spookshow circuit. Nothing more. At one point in the movie the gorilla and other monsters walk toward the screen and this would have cued actors in the theatre to come out dressed in similar costumes to terrorize the audience. The next scene shows the monsters bring a girl in to be operated on, by this time the actors would have retreated back behind the screen.

Yes, it's cheesy fun, it was meant to be.It would have been shown as a part of a full evening of horror movies, cartoons, "live" monsters and ghosts, maybe a magic show and more, with the theatre rigged to producee various special effects.

That this movie survives at all is a treat, but it does need to be seen with the understanding of it's time frame and how it would have been shown.

The costumes as bad, but they were made to approximate how the actors (usually locally hired teenagers) would have looked when they came out into the audience.

Recommended, if in a silly mood as part of a Halloween evening's show with a favorite horror movie. "Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark" would make an excellent double feature with this one! I'd also recommend as another suggestion "Zacherley's Horrible Horror" , a compilation of 2 hours of classic bad horror movies, hosted by Zacherley. Now, thats what I'd call Halloween!

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This film manages to be both quite fun and amazingly stupid!

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
6 June 2013

The acting, costumes and dialog for "Monsters Crash the Pajama Party" are all quite terrible. In fact, it's one of the cheesiest films of an era known for its cheesy teen movies. But, it still manages to entertain--mostly because it never takes itself seriously and often makes fun of itself. Because of this, the bad film has a genial quality about it that make it goofy fun. Among the best examples is the guy in the gorilla suit. He not only introduces the film but makes commentary using giant signs with words printed on it. Also, as the film is introduced, a bizarre narrator says LOTS of strange and occasionally funny remarks. Another is the mad scientist--who wears a lab coat that says 'Mad Doctor' right on it! Because this film is intentionally bad, I really don't think it's appropriate to give it a numerical score. For those who love the silly monster films of the 1960s, it's well worth seeing. For anyone just wanting to see a good film, then it's definitely one you should skip! Harmless fun.

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Good ol' Fashioned Cheesy Halloween Fun!!!

8/10
Author: Pumpkin_Man from United States
1 November 2011

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I received this in the mail on Halloween today, which is perfect timing. This DVD was a bizarre trip back to the 60's with over-acting and classic Grindhouse moments. From being hypnotized to a 30-minute movie called Monsters Crash the Pajama Party. A 'mad doctor' turn women into gorillas. You also get a 60's horror movie called 'Tormented' Throughout the DVD menu, you can find crappy 3D clips, a tour thru a haunted ride with cheesy-lookin' monsters, classic music like the Boogie-Woogie Man, dancing skeletons, ghosts looking like sheets, a short film of a man at a drive-in theater turning into a Werewolf, and much more. If you want classic cheesy Halloween fun, you'll love MONSTERS CRASH THE PAJAMA PARTY: SPOOK SHOW SPECTACULAR!!!

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Horrible movie, but great DVD!

7/10
Author: The_Depressed_Star_Wars_fan from United States
27 July 2010

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This movie sucks @$$! It's so bad it's funny. The acting sucks, the writing sucks, the directing sucks, the story sucks, and the effects suck! But the DVD to this awful movie, kicks @$$! The special features make the DVD worth buying. Sure the DVD is not flawless, take for example some of the short films they have drag on a bit. But for the most part they are pretty short and pretty entertaining. The menu to this movie is also pretty cool. Rather than having the traditional Play, Scene Selection, and Special Feature buttons. Instead it has this whole cemetery and haunted house that you movie around using the arrows of the Remote Control. My favorite of all the special features is this one with a dancing skeleton puppet. It some how manges to be very entertaining to watch. So in the end, the movie sucks but the DVD is great so check it out.

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