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The Monster Club (1981)

Unrated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 27 May 1981 (USA)
A writer of horror stories is invited to a "monster club" by a mysterious old gentleman. There, three gruesome stories are told to him; between each story some musicians play their songs.

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Pickering - Chief of the B-Squad
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R.Chetwynd-Hayes - Writer
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Sam - Movie Director
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Busotsky's Father
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Angela
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Busotsky's Mother
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George - Angela's Boyfriend
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Mooney
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Innkeeper - Luna's Father
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Lintom Busotsky - Film Producer
Fran Fullenwider ...
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Roger Sloman ...
Club Secretary - Werewolf
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Raven - the Shadmock
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Psychiatrist
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A writer of horror stories is invited to a "monster club" by a mysterious old gentleman. There, three gruesome stories are told to him; between each story some musicians play their songs. Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

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You'll meet some interesting people and hear some great songs at The Monster Club.


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El club de los monstruos  »

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Information about the upcoming release was covered in American publications like "Famous Monsters of Filmland," but the film never secured theatrical distribution in the United States. Instead the movie was sold for regional television airings in 1982 and it eventually surfaced on a home video hosted by Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) in 1985. In the UK, the movie attained a limited theatrical release. See more »

Quotes

Eramus: Can we truly call this a monster club if we do not boast amongst our membership a single member of the human race?
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Crazy Credits

On the soundtrack listing, the track "Ghouls Galore" the performer, keyboardist Alan Hawkshaw, is credited as "John Hackshaw". See more »

Connections

Follows Torture Garden (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stripper
Written by Dylan Thomason, Kevin Savigar & Robby Wilson
Performed by Night
Sung by Stevie Lange (credited as Stevie Lang)
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Not at all scary, but so enjoyable.
29 April 2000 | by (Blackpool, England) – See all my reviews

From the moment I started watching, I was enthralled by every set piece, costume and plot detail.

This film, to understate, is rare indeed. A low-budget "horror" movie with a moral, loveable monsters and superb acting. Each of the three stories is well thought-out and entertaining, and the scene in which we learn of monster genealogy is wonderful.

Price is on top form, as usual. He is, with the possible exception of Peter Cushing, the best horror actor of all time. His sincere manner coupled with his traditional English accent make him the most unusual vampire you will ever see.

The first story is slow to start, but soon quickens pace. It features the best acting of the three tales, and the three lead characters have deliciously different personalities. It encompasses a moral, and is touching at times, but still manages to retain at least a little horror. The premise is not very good, but I liked it all the same.

The comedy in this film is plentiful. The second story features horrormeister Donald Pleasence in his catch-the-evil-creature role he played six times in the Halloween series. But the way his character meets his demise and the wonderful plot twist will have you rolling on the floor with laughter.

The third story is not really funny, or scary. It is the most serious of the bunch, and I suspect the filmmakers intended it to be awfully frightening. It just isn't. It show its age, and features poor acting. The set pieces are top-notch, though, and are definitely its saving grace. I can tell you now that the plot twist at the end is totally expected, and not very good.

The stories are interjected with entertaining dialogue between Price and Carradine, and new wave 1980s rock music. Some of you will recognise a youthful UB40 performing a song. There is also one about a stripper, and when you see the stripper's act, you will be suitably impressed. I won't say any more about that - watch it for yourself.

All in all, it was a good way to spend an hour and a half, and I was sad when the stories were over. Just one word of advice, though - don't be put off by the costumes of the monsters.


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