Monster in the Closet (1986)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  30 January 1987 (USA)
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Monster is a spoof of horror/monster films. After several people and a dog are found dead in their closets a "mild-mannered" reporter, a college professor, her son and a befuddled professor... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Grant ...
Richard Clark
Prof. Diane Bennett
Sheriff Sam Ketchem
Father Finnegan
Dr. Pennyworth
Gen. Turnbull
Old Joe Shempter
'Professor' Bennett
Lucy (as Stacey Ferguson)
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Monster is a spoof of horror/monster films. After several people and a dog are found dead in their closets a "mild-mannered" reporter, a college professor, her son and a befuddled professor band together to uncover the mystery but not without involving the U.S. Army and mass panic. Written by Patrice Messina <>

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Shot in 1983, not released until 1987. See more »


Professor Diane Bennett: Destroy all closets!
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Referenced in Dawson's Creek: Full Moon Rising (1998) See more »

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Leave your brain at the door, but this could have been a lot worse
16 May 2008 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Troma aren't exactly well known for high quality horror films, and this one fits the bill pretty well in the quality stakes; but it's actually more childish than the usual gory Troma output. The film is something of a spoof of the monster movie genre and, as the title suggests, focuses on the childhood fear of a monster in the closet. The film kicks off with a few mysterious murders and it's not long before the horrible closet monster is revealed. The monster itself is an extremely camp creation and is sure to leave most audience members in stitches - not usually the desired effect for a monster but the film is obviously intended to be tongue in cheek and the monster is actually a very original creation. I really wasn't expecting anything at all decent from this film, but in fairness to it; it's actually quite decent. There's nothing particularly clever about it; though the idea of the monster 'recharging' in closets is nice in that it seems to be a ham-fisted way of explaining the whole closet monster idea. The characters and plot line surrounding the monster are interesting and entertaining and Monster in the Closet is at least a decent way to waste ninety minutes or so.

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